CSaP's mission is to improve public policy through the more effective use of evidence and expertise. We do this by creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other.

We convene our network to provide fresh perspectives and critical challenges to conventional thinking.

Through our workshops, Fellowships and research programme, we have pioneered new ways of bringing academia and public policy together.

Scientific advice to governments

The Rothschild report (1971) and the purpose of government-funded R&D—a personal account

In his paper, Dr Miles Parker reflects on his experience as a former scientific adviser in Defra with particular respect to Rothschild’s principles and their effect on “evidence ...

Policy Workshops

Policy Internships Scheme - call open

The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to ...

Policy Workshops

How can the European Commission build a "human centred" internet that is inviting to people and businesses alike?

In 2018, the European Commission will launch its Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which aims to make the internet more "open" and "human".

Policy Workshops

Food Security and Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in India

A CSaP policy workshop brought together TIGR2ESS researchers, relevant academics, and Principal Scientific Adviser to the Indian Government Professor Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan to discuss food security and sustainable rural ...


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Policy Workshops

The intersection of business and encryption, and the implications for practice and policy

CSaP worked with Dr Ella McPherson, a Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, to deliver a Policy Workshop ...

CSaP in numbers

Our programmes, workshops, and professional development activities provide opportunities for policy professionals and researchers to discuss and debate high-priority public policy issues.