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 three-day training course, launched in 2017, has been developed to address these questions. It draws on the expertise of senior policymakers 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 policymakers with your research findings.

Participant skills will be assessed before and after the course. This will assist us with evaluation and tailoring the course to participants.

Who should attend?

Early career researchers with significant research expertise, typically at the 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.

This course is limited to 12 attendees. To discuss your eligibility, please contact Jillian Hutchinson via the details below.

About the presenters

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

Course format and materials

This is a three-day, face–to–face course. Participants will be provided with a handbook containing key readings and notes for each session.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 28 August – Thursday 30 August

Time: 9:30am–4:30pm (note that there may be some changes to start and end times)

Venue: BCA Training Rooms, Level 1, 65 York Street Sydney

Cost: $1,500 per person (including GST and booking fee)

RSVP: Please register for this event by 5pm Thursday, 16 August 2018 to secure your place.


Please contact Jillian Hutchinson

E: T: 02 9188 9595