Policy Entrepreneurship Resources

 Policy Entrepreneurship

What is Policy Entrepreneurship?

Policy Entrepreneurs: Their Activity Structure and Function in the Policy Process
A research article that focuses on what policy entrepreneurs are and what they do.

Why Become an Policy Entrepreneur?

Policy Entrepreneurship and Policy Change
A Policy Studies Journal article that reviews the concept of policy entrepreneurship and its use in explaining policy change.

Exploring Policy Entrepreneurship
A research paper that explores why and how policy makers can become entrepreneurial and develop innovative policies.

How to Become a Policy Entrepreneur

Bridging the gap between science and decision making
A paper published in PNAS that presents a framework for bridging the gap between science and decision making, as science is not easily accessible to decision makers and scientists often don’t understand decision makers’ information needs.

Policy Entrepreneurship: A self-assessment questionnaire for researchers
A brief document that helps you identify which type of entrepreneur you are so you can capitalize on your strength, develop your weaknesses and improve the impact of research on policy.

Helping researchers become policy entrepreneurs
The RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA) to generate evidence-based policy change and to maximise the impact of researcher on policy.

Entrepreneurship Policy Framework and Implementation Guidance
A detailed guide developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to assist policymakers in identifying key elements of an entrepreneurship policy and formulating actions.

Pathways for Change: 6 Theories about How Policy Change Happens
Global theories to explain how various kinds of advocacy strategies and conditions relate to policy change, and theories about common advocacy strategies or tactics that are likely park of broader advocacy efforts or campaigns.

Policy Entrepreneurs, Issue Experts, and Water Rights Policy Change in Colorado
A study that investigates the role of policy entrepreneurs in an environmental case.

Building bridges in development: Five recommendations to connect the islands of research, policy and practice
Recommendations for early-career researchers to bridge the gap in development research, policy and practice.

Science can influence policy and benefit the public – here’s how
A few lessons learnt, such as making research open and easily accessible, talking about research, using data to support mandate and supporting collaboration.


Policy Problems

What is the Policy Problem?
An article that aims to discuss the nature and the problems inherent in undertaking policy evaluation, and to make a contribution to policy evaluation methodology.

Public Policy Writing
A course page from the East Carolina University with useful resources on communication, framing the problem, knowing the record, and more.

How to frame your policy problem
Points to consider communicating in your first sentence of your policy document to define the debate.

Policy Change

Factors Influencing the Policy Process
A brief, but succinct, list of factors that influence the policy process.

Influencing the Policy Process
Steps to go through when you want to influence, create, implement, and enforce policies.

The Influence of Research on Public Policy
A study that looks at the ways in which research influences policy, and the factors that affect the extent of policy influence resulting from projects.

 Multi-Level Perspective

What is MLP – Multi-Level Perspective
A video that supports research into business transitions to sustainability, applying MLP at an organisational scale.

 Knowledge Mobilization (KMb)

What is Knowledge Mobilization?

What is Knowledge Mobilization?
A brief definition of knowledge mobilization from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Knowledge Mobilization
A Wikipedia article detailing what knowledge mobilization is and the process by which knowledge is shared.

Why is Knowledge Mobilization Important?

Defending the Ivory Tower against the end of the world
Author A.J. Wright argues that scientists “must leave the Ivory Tower or science will perish inside the walls to the detriment of the world around us.”

How to Use Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge Mobilization Toolkit
A handy website designed to inform and equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to mobilize knowledge.

Research Brokering in Education (RBE)
An online hub to access and share resources that support knowledge mobilization; share your examples, experiences and success stories, and learn from the experience of others; and obtain advice and support on issues and challenges.

Maximizing Knowledge Mobilization Efforts
A handy tip sheet with challenges to consider when broadening the impact of knowledge mobilization projects.

Building Knowledge Mobilization Plans
A brief document that helps you organize your framework and provides guidelines to your approach.

Other Knowledge Mobilization Resources

Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada’s Knowledge Mobilization Initiative
An initiative that supports collaborations between academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations across many sectors and disciplines, and funds networks dedicated to transferring knowledge to those who can put it into practice.

Institute for Knowledge Mobilization
A non-profit organization that focuses on education, learning and capacity development on issues of knowledge mobilization; collaboration and community engagement; applied research and policy support; and evaluation and monitoring.

See our Communications Resources page for platforms and tips on how to share your knowledge and research.

 genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC Policy Entrepreneurship Program Resources

Diagnose Your Policy Problem & Refine Your Value Proposition

Click here to download the PowerPoint slides from this workshop.

Sketchnotes by GREAT intern Katie Verigin are available at the following links:

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