Reported by Kate McNeil, CSaP Communications Coordinator
CSaP-facilitated collaborations have allowed innovative academic research to influence thinking and policy development in various government departments and in industry, according to Chilombo Musa and Dr Gemma Burgess of the Cambridge Centre for Planning and Housing Research.
These findings, released following CSaP's tenth anniversary celebrations, were reported in an impact assessment of CSaP's work which was comissioned by CSaP and the Research Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge. The impact assessment sought to identify whether there were any particular outcomes from the Policy Fellowship programme, not yet captured, that could contribute towards impact case studies or environment statements for the upcoming Research Excellence Framework; and to learn about the types of outcomes from Policy Fellow meetings. Findings from this study will help CSaP to understand what the fellowship programme is achieving, and to plan for the future as the centre enters its second decade of operations.
The findings from this research project revealed a number of benefits resulting from interactions between academics and policy fellows through the Policy Fellowship scheme. These included contribution to policy, interdisciplinary and international collaborations, the generation of new data and new fora for data sharing, personal development, and the creation of networks. The research team explored impact through case studies, in subjects as varied as sharing biological materials in an open access manner and climate resilience in buildings.
You can read the CSaP Exploring Impact Report here.
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