New training course: Building successful partnerships for policy-relevant research

Research conducted with policy partners can have a greater chance of impacting on policies, programs and services.

But how do early career researchers build these partnerships? How do they manage and sustain them? And how do they get their research findings known and used?

Our new skills-based training course, launched in 2017, has been developed to address these questions. It draws on the expertise of senior policy makers and researchers to help early career researchers build the skills required to initiate and sustain research partnerships with policy.

It will teach practical skills such as:

  • How to understand policy priorities, policy realities and the policy environment
  • How to embark on a new policy relationship, get new policy partners on board, and build your partnership skills
  • How to frame your research idea for a policy audience
  • How to lay the foundations for co-production
  • How to establish the right governance framework for your collaborative project
  • How to engage policy makers with your research findings.

Developed and delivered by experts

The course will share insights from leading Australian experts on their research-policy partnership endeavours. It features senior policy makers and researchers with experience in partnership research and experienced communications specialists.

Course details

  • Duration: 2.5 days, face-to-face, at the Sax Institute in Ultimo, Sydney
  • Focus: Practical, pragmatic, skill-based, with a problem-based learning approach
  • Eligibility: Early career researchers with significant research expertise, typically at post-doctorate level or with equivalent experience. Suited to applicants who are interested in influencing health or social policy by working in partnership with decision makers.

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