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Session 4 in summary:

4A CASE STUDIES:  From counter-terrorism to employment tribunals: academic engagement with UK and foreign policy.

This session showcases the DPIR Academic-Policy Dialogue Initiative on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The presentation will include contributions from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and will include practical strategies for incorporating academic research into the policy-making pipeline. The second case study reveals how an economist influenced the Supreme Court decision on the abolition of the Ministry of Justice’s employment tribunal fees.

  • Access to Justice and the Economics of the Rule of Law
    Prof Abigail Adams, Department of Economics, University of Oxford
  • Building Partnerships That Last: Lessons from Oxford DPIR’s Academic-Policy Dialogue Initiative
    Dr Carlotta Minnella, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and Louise Barton (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK)

4B PANEL DISCUSSION: Working in partnership for educational and learning impacts

Educational impacts don’t have to happen in a lesson format. Find out how researchers are creating partnerships between early years learning practitioners and parents with a view to better communicate the benefits of play-based learning; how one researcher collaborated with heritage partners to change their approach to history education through outdoor learning; and how early work on learning analytics has helped to build a European community of practitioners in this field.

Chair: Dr Carol Fuller, Institute of Education, University of Reading

  • Building a European learning analytics community
    Dr Rebecca Ferguson, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University
  • “Strange goings-on” – working together to develop the benefits of learning primary history through outdoor pedagogy
    Dr R. Harris, Institute of Education, University of Reading with Fiona Craig and Neil Gauld, Ufton Court Trust
  • Identifying impact when working in partnership with practitioners and parents in the early years
    Dr Maria Kambouri-Danos, Institute of Education, University of Reading


4C SHARING SESSION: Developing guidance and tools for policy and practice

Toolkits, ‘how to’ books and guidance documents are all useful tools to empower and enable stakeholders to use your research to change the way they operate. In this session, researchers who have written ‘how to’ guides for small states on conducting international trade negotiations, guidance on design for building schools, and toolkits for small businesses to help them grow sustainably will share their experience and advice.

  • Growing green?: co-creating an evidence-based engagement model for smaller businesses
    Professor Richard Blundel, Business School, The Open University, and Dr Christopher Shaw, Climate Outreach
  • Building on Design Matters: The co-design of school building guidance
    Professor Harry Daniels and Hau Ming Tse, Department of Education, University of Oxford
  • Supporting Developing Country Governments to Shape Global Economic Governance
    Dr Emily Jones, Associate Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

4D TARGET GROUP WORKSHOP: Could business be the vehicle for sustaining your impact?

Workshop led by: Dr Mark Mann and Dr Owen Metters, Oxford University Innovation, University of Oxford

In this workshop participants will explore alternative ways they can deliver impact via business activities. Find out more about the different approaches you could take e.g. not-for-profit, social enterprise, licensing and crowd funding models.

4E SKILLS WORKSHOP: The expert guide to social media: how to know if it’s working (or not)

Workshop led by: Minna Lehtinen, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Social media continues to be ever more important for researchers: not only in terms of disseminating research and putting it out into the wider world, but also for some projects it is a source of data in its own right. How can you get the best out of social media for you and your research? And how can you tell if it is making a difference? What do you need to think about in terms of using social media metrics? Our experienced social media professional is here to guide you.