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The Scottish Government and Research

How does the Scottish Government use academic research? How can you influence the outcome of a new policy? Listen to Dr Audrey MacDougall, Chief Social Researcher, explaining the role of academic research in policymaking.

Tips to engage with policy professionals

Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, gives researchers tips to engage with policy professionals in Scotland.

How is evidence used by policy professionals?

SPRE talks to Sally Thomas and Des Thompson of Scottish Natural Heritage about how researchers can work effectively with different parts of the policy community.

Communicating Research to Non-Academic Audiences

Nick Bibby, director of SPRE, gives advice on how to communicate complex ideas to non-academic audiences.

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