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Influencing policy
Online course

Course Description

This course is based on research by Prof Reed and the latest evidence on how to get research evidence into policy. Drawing on his own research and extensive experience working with UK and overseas Governments and the United Nations, Prof Reed takes a unique relational approach to working with policy-makers that can be adapted to any Government or organization.


You will learn how to use tools to plan policy impacts more effectively and efficiently, and have the opportunity to discuss the merits of informing versus influencing policy, before doing an exercise to critique and discuss different policy briefs, infographics and presentations. The course gives you an opportunity to debate and consider your own ethical boundaries, so you are able to safely become more relational and hence more impactful. As part of the session you will receive a hard copy of The Researcher’s Guide to Influencing Policy..

Key benefits:

  • Discover quick and easy tools you can use immediately to:

    • Prioritise which policy actors to engage with first and how to instantly get their attention

    • Create a powerful impact plan that will guarantee your research makes a difference without wasting your time

  • Discuss how to design an effective policy brief, infographic or presentation

  • Learn how to get your research into policy, wherever you work in the world

  • Be inspired by primary research and case studies


At the end of the workshop you:

  • Receive slides and links to free resources to help you embed impact in your research

  • Have the option to make a commitment to an action based on the course and receive a follow-up email from Prof Reed to check in and help as necessary after a month.


Prof Reed continues to answer all questions from participants via email after the course, guaranteeing a response to all questions within one week.

*Available when you book half a day's worth of courses or more

Preparation for the day

Please choose (only) one policy product to read and critique before the training. You can choose a policy brief, an infographic or a presentation (note that presentations consist of both a PowerPoint file and a notes file in Word with the same title and one has a video of the slides being presented). You will be asked to discuss the product you chose in small groups, explaining what you liked or disliked about it, and why.


Choose the policy product you want to review from one of the three folders via this link.

This course is based on these two chapters of The Research Impact Handbook

Click here to read chapter 20
Click here to read chapter 21

What does a typical day look like?

Click to view sample agenda

View course slides

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What are people saying about this course?

“I enjoyed getting more honest insights on influencing policy – not just doing it all “by the book””


“I will now try to cultivate relationships with policy makers”


“Q&A periods were fab. Loved the self-depreciating anecdotes and instances of failure as well as success. Policy discussion exercises were fun. Excellent day – thanks.”


"I've learned how to be strategic [about impact] and ask myself hard questions." 


“I love the book and the fact that [the course] was run by a researcher"

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Half-day workshop £1600 +VAT

2 hour version £900 +VAT 

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