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18 December 2023, 4:02 UTC Share

Developing partnerships & projects between universities and policy partners: a project scope template

A template for those wanting to co-produce and co-develop projects and partnerships between academia and policy and for planning more strategic academic policy engagement.

Developed from CAPE’s experience of building projects with policy partners and from an identified need in the sector, this scoping template aims to guide the planning and iteration of co-production projects between universities and policy organisations. It is designed to be completed collaboratively by those in academic and policy environments and is accompanied by a downloadable word template so you can work through this alongside the PDF. The scoping template can be used if you’ve never done any academic policy engagement before or if it’s your 100th engagement project!

The template will walk you through:

  • Thinking through the purpose of your project including the policy need
  • Designing what the project will do
  • Considering alignment with organisational strategies
  • The practicalities of engagement projects including resourcing & best practices

The template aims to support universities and policy organisations to deliver academic policy engagement more strategically, build stronger and deeper relationships, and allow you to get the most out of engaging with one another.  

CAPE are keen to pilot this template with universities and policy organisations. If you’re interested in working with CAPE on this, please get in touch.

About CAPE

Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) is a knowledge exchange and research project funded by Research England from 2020-2024, which has been exploring how to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals. The project is a partnership between UCL and the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Northumbria and Nottingham in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, Nesta and the Transforming Evidence Hub.

About CAPE Resources

CAPE’s resources have been developed collaboratively with their policy partners and using practice-based experience. The toolkits and guides are designed to be flexible so they can be adapted to meet the specific needs of different university and policy systems. All resources are intended as an entry point into addressing common challenges in academic-policy engagement and to inspire new and deeper forms of engagement. The CAPE team encourage practice-based feedback on all CAPE resources, to improve their efficacy and to ensure that future resources cover the needs in academic-policy engagement. Get in touch here.

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