The Brokerage: Knowledge Exchange Network for Scottish Policy & Research
We are building a network and we need your help.
We are trying to reach knowledge brokers and mobilisers in Scottish HEIs and research centres. We want to hear from academic and professional services colleagues who know who is researching what in their centre, school, department, faculty, college or university. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please read on.
You might be a Knowledge Exchange Officer, a Dean of Research, a Public Affairs Manager, a Research Impact Coordinator, a Director of KEI, an Associate Dean for Public Engagement, or a Communications Assistant. You might work in a research office or be an academic office bearer, you might be attached to a communications team or be a departmental lead for REF. Your ‘patch’ might be a single research unit or cover several institutions. You might have a particular focus on policy or you might not.
We are building a network, called the Brokerage, that will allow policy professionals in government, parliament and elsewhere, to find the right experts and the right research to inform and shape decisions.
In the first instance many, but not all, of these will relate to the current crisis but our intention is to develop the Brokerage as a permanent bridge between the worlds of policy and research.
The network will do two things:
- Each week we will send members of the network an email with the inquiries launched by the Scottish, UK, Welsh and Northern Irish legislatures and governments in the preceding seven days. You will also have access to a webpage listing all inquiries currently inviting evidence.
- You will also receive urgent requests for expertise relating to policy in Scotland and notification of other opportunities for researchers to engage with policymakers. We will keep these as short and to the point as possible, and promise not to clutter up your inboxes with junk. Obviously, you can unsubscribe at any point.
There is no charge for the Brokerage, and it is open to anyone working in higher education and research in Scotland.
There will be parts of this process we get wrong, so please let us have your suggestions as to how it can be improved. We will treat the rest of the spring and early summer as a trial run and then see what improvements can be made.
We would also appreciate your help contacting other colleagues who may be interested in this service, so please do spread the word.
With thanks for your help,
Nick Bibby, Director & Mariola Tarrega, Digital Resources Coordinator