Parliament is actively seeking external input to make informed decisions based on sound evidence. But MPs are under huge pressure – working long hours with limited opportunity to absorb key information. Given this, academics can play a crucial role in providing them with the knowledge and understanding they need to make better policy.
At the end of last year I attended an event run by the Houses of Parliament Universities Programme that outlined the ways in which academics can engage. Here I summarise these, and the potential impact your research can have from working with Parliament.