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Dr Kirsty Newman Evidence-Informed Policy Making. Overview. INASP Science policy advisors in parliament Capacity building for science in developing countries. Research Communication Cycle. Library Development. Use. Bandwidth management & optimisation. AuthorAid. Research. Access.

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Dr Kirsty Newman

Evidence-Informed Policy Making

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Overview

  • INASP
  • Science policy advisors in parliament
  • Capacity building for science in developing countries
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Research Communication Cycle

Library Development

Use

Bandwidth management & optimisation

AuthorAid

Research

Access

Dissemination

Journals online

Availability

Journal Access

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Research informed policy

Policy for research

Science policy

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Quiz: What do you know about parliament?

  • The major roles of parliament are:
    • i)
    • ii)
    • iii)
  • The UK Parliament consists of:
    • A: The House of Lords and the House of Commons
    • B: The Monarch and the Governments
    • C: The House of Commons only
    • D: The House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarch
  • The UK Government is formed of:
    • A: The Cabinet
    • B: All Labour MPs
    • C: All Labour MPs and all Labour Peers
    • D: Ministers and Whips
  • The major difference between the US Congress and the UK Parliament is.....?
  • The only person who is allowed to have an alcoholic drink in the House of Commons is:
    • A: The Speaker
    • B: The Clerk
    • C: The Prime Minister
    • D: The Chancellor of the Exchequer
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Quiz cont.

B

C

D

E

A

F

A: MP asks parliamentary question about how research funding cuts will affect large research institute in her constituency

B: Parliament amends bill on mental health in light of research on effective treatments

C: MP from a constituency with a high malaria incidence asks a parliamentary question about the scientific evidence to support a ban on DDT use

D: Committee carries out enquiry to establish if government policy on renewable energy is based on scientific evidence

E: Parliament approves bill to regulate research ethics

F: MP asks parliamentary question about amount of funding the government is spending on physics research

science support in uk parliament
Science support in UK parliament?
  • Specialist committee staff
  • Parliamentary library
  • Specialist office- POST
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“An Office of both Houses of the UK Parliament providing MPs and peers with balanced and independent analysis of public policy issues that have a basis in science and technology”

science advice in african parliament
Science advice in African parliament
  • MPs are faced with many policy issues related to science and technology
  • To enable parliament to scrutinise government, ALL MPs need access to accurate impartial advice on science topics
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Common gaps in capacity

  • Knowledge
    • Scientifically knowledge of staff and members
    • Links to experts
  • Skills
    • Advanced internet search skills
    • Evaluating quality and bias of information
  • Procedures
    • Expert review of policy briefings
    • Recruiting science advisors
    • Timely production of parliamentary schedule
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Evidence-Informed Policy making

  • Training
  • Advanced Internet Research and Information Literacy
  • Summarising Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Networking
  • Linking parliamentary staff and MPs to researchers
  • Regional networking
  • Advocacy
  • Influencing decision makers on importance of Science, Parliaments and Africa
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Evidence-Informed Policy making

Science

Lead

Science

Co-facilitator

Lead

Facilitator

Parliamentary

Librarian

Parliamentary

Researcher

Parliamentary

ICT specialist

Co-facilitator

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What does my job involve?

  • Administration/Project management
  • Travel
  • Carrying out training
  • Meeting/networking
  • Satisfaction...
  • .. And Frustration
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My career journey

BSc in Microbiology and Immunology

PhD in HIV research

Post-doc Malaria Research

International Activities team at the Wellcome Trust

Evidence-Informed Policy Officer INASP/POST

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Kirsty’s top tips

  • Grab any opportunities in your current job to develop transferable skills
  • Get help with CV writing
  • Network
  • Proactively seek volunteer/work experience opportunities
  • Expect to take a pay cut
  • Understand the context…
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Understand the context

Books e.g. The Trouble with Africa, White Man’s Burden, Dead Aid, The Bottom Billion, Its Our Turn to Eat, The Honest Broker

Magazines, journal articles and websites e.g. The Africa Report, Research Africa, Eldis, Scidev.net

Reports and policy documents e.g. DFID research strategy, Overseas Development Agency reports, Paris declaration on aid effectiveness, Millennium Development Goals, Monitoring and Evaluation (e.g. log frames, outcome mapping etc)

Lectures/seminars- e.g. London School of Economics, Overseas Development Institute, All-party parliamentary groups…

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All-party parliamentary groups

  • Clubs for parliamentarians and other interested parties
  • Download the Register of All Party Parliamentary Groups for more information
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