In the first week of July, Amanda Lawrence and I attended the Knowledge Mobilisation Conference (KM2018) in Sydney, hosted by the Sax Institute. It was a packed event, with an audience of about 60 per cent researchers, 20 per cent policy makers, and the rest somewhere in between.
The discussions and workshops were all about ways to bridge the gap between researchers and policy makers. The focus was on health, but the learnings are applicable across all public policy.
My key points from the conference:
Finding, building and sustaining relationships
Researchers are challenged by the situation where people in government adviser roles change frequently, making it difficult to engage, and sustain engagement.
And from the other side, it is hard to ‘find an expert’.
While at the same time it is recognised that relationship building, and ‘deliberative dialogues’, help with knowledge translation.
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