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A recipe for impact? Exploring knowledge requirements in the UK Parliament and beyond

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In the context of ongoing debates around academic engagements with policymakers, this article discusses how academics can successfully engage with the often overlooked institution of Parliament. We argue that the UK Parliament is not a homogeneous organisation but has differing knowledge requirements for different parliamentary sites. While there are common barriers that need to be overcome by researchers, there is no universal recipe that will ensure successful research impact. We argue that there are different forms of engagement likely to lead to influence, and that co-production is the most important way by which academics can engage with Parliament.



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We argue that the UK Parliament is often mistakenly overlooked when looking at evidence and policy


POST, committees and libraries offer fruitful avenues of engagement with policy


We show that Parliament is not a homogenous institution but each site has different knowledge requirements


Multiple ways of engagement exist: better translation, building networks, co-production
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Keywords: British politics; UK Parliament •; parliamentary studies •; select committees •

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected] 3: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 31 May 2018

This article was made available online on 16 May 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "A recipe for impact? Exploring knowledge requirements in the UK Parliament and beyond".

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