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Policy Engagement Training 2017 with the Institute for Government
Fri 12 May 2017, 10:00 – 16:30 BST
Policy Engagement Training delivered by the Institute for Government
A one day workshop for Researcher Development Staff, Early Career Researchers, Postdocs and PGR supervisors
Following the success of eight policy engagement workshops attended by a wide range of postgraduates, Midlands3Cities (M3C) DTP and the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) are able to offer a 1-day policy engagement facilitator training workshop delivered by the Institute for Government.
This workshop is open to Researcher Development Staff, Early Career Researchers, Postdocs and PGR supervisors.
The aim of the 1-day facilitator workshop is to ensure the sustainability of Public Policy training for ALL PGR students at the Universities represented by the the M3C and WRoCAH DTPs. After the facilitator training attendees will then have the opportunity to participate, and help lead, a 2-day training workshop for PGR students in 2017 and in future years.
The facilitator training will take place on Friday 12th May 10.00am – 16.30pm Highfield House, University of Nottingham. Attendees who want to apply the training will then have the opportunity as part of a team to deliver a 2-day postgraduate workshop in June 2017 (on 8-9 June in Sheffield) with a colleague from the Institute for Government.
Why a facilitator training day?
The training day is designed to equip facilitators to lead the Public Policy engagement workshop. This is important because of the interactive nature of the workshop and the fact that some of the content covered will be unfamiliar. As well as looking at the workshop specifically, there will be the opportunity to develop general facilitation skills.
The objectives of the day are to:
Explain the programme’s key content
Explain the learning design principles behind the workshop
Equip participants to run the skills sessions that form part of the programme
Allow participants to develop and practice (highly transferable!) learning facilitation skills
Public Policy engagement workshop (Two Day Workshop, June 2017)
The overall aim of the Public Policy Engagement workshop is to give participants a sense of how policy-making works in practice, and how they can engage effectively with policy makers
Introduce participants to the reality of how government works;
Discuss how policy is made and influenced in practice (with particular reference to arts and humanities);
Share key lessons on different routes to engagement
Develop skills to build profile and communicate research
The workshop contains a mixture of presentation, discussion, guest speakers and activities that will give participants both knowledge and skills to improve their policy engagement. Throughout the programme participants are encouraged to apply what they are learning to their own research in order to develop a practical set of actions that can be taken after the course.
In Autumn 2015, the AHRC doctoral training partnerships of Midlands3Cities (M3C) and White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) secured funding to deliver training in Public Policy Engagement for postgraduate research students (AHRC-funded and beyond).
The training was delivered by facilitators from two leading bodies specialising in policy engagement - the Institute for Government the History & Policy Unitalong with a range of academics and partner organisations who have policy engagement experience. The funding included provision for facilitator training to ensure sustainability of policy engagement training provision.