How to influence policymakers - ESRC


Social science and public affairs

As a social science researcher, you are particularly well placed to influence the policymaking process and the political agenda. Social science researchers:

  • possess detailed research findings
  • have a reputation for independence and objectivity
  • are strong communicators on paper
  • are in a good position to take advantage of the entry points into the policymaking system.

With a little effort, you can ensure that your research makes a strong impact on the thinking of policymakers.

To maximise the impact of your work, you must make sure that policymakers are aware of your findings. This means learning how to communicate effectively with:

  • politicians and officials in parliament
  • central and local government
  • non-departmental public bodies
  • non-ministerial departments
  • regulatory bodies
  • activists in think tanks
  • pressure groups
  • political parties.

Last updated: 31 August 2021

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