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 impacts of machine learning on climate change modelling

There is an increasing need for environmental data to inform policy decisions. At the same time, technical advances, including in data science, are leading to the prospect of ...

Policy Workshops

CSaP Policy Workshop: Affordable Housing

CSaP teamed up with the Cambridge Centre for Housing Planning Research (CCHPR) to run a workshop to discuss policy options for improving the supply of affordable housing.

Latest News

New Policy Fellows announced - Lent Term 2018

CSaP has announced the names of the successful applicants to the Policy Fellowship for Lent Term 2018

Scientific advice to governments

Exploring the role of evidence and expertise in effective policy making for environmental science

A CSaP professional development policy workshop for early-career environmental scientists at Cambridge gave them an insight into the role of science, evidence and expertise in public policy.


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Scientific advice to governments

David Clary Distinguished Lecture

Our sixth Distinguished Lecture was given by Professor David Clary FRS, the Foreign Office’s first Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Clary delivered a wide ranging and informative lecture covering ...

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.