Policy Entrepreneurship Workshop #2: Map Your Stakeholder Landscape


Who else is involved in your problem? Who are the policy makers and regulators that have influence over that challenge? How do they make these decisions? Is anyone else experiencing similar challenges? How are they addressing them?

In the first workshop, you diagnosed the policy problem or institutional hurdle by understanding how change happens, situating your research within a broader ecosystem, and by refining your value proposition. In this second workshop, you will look at mapping your stakeholder landscape by understanding how decisions are made,  what type of information decision-makers prefer, who are your allies and gatekeepers, and which channels of connection are available to you.

Once you’ve identified and mapped out your landscape, our third workshop will help you build your strategy to influence change. We advocate the idea of “real work in real time.”

All workshops in this series are hands-on, catered to busy researchers and research associates seeking to apply new tools directly to their work projects during the sessions. The workshops and speaker sessions are designed to build on each other as a program, but participants may choose to attend individual sessions at any point throughout the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify stakeholders that are affected by and/or influence this particular policy.
  • Identify the key activities of your stakeholders as they relate to the policy in question.
  • Map these stakeholders in a policy “ecosystem” that shows their activities, needs and relationships.
  • Utilize your value proposition to identify the place you occupy within this ecosystem.

Who Should Attend?

This event is free and open to anyone who has an innovative idea or project that they want to develop to its full potential. This includes University of British Columbia-based scientists and researchers including Principal Investigators, Laboratory Technicians, Post-Doctoral Researchers, Graduate/Undergraduate Students, and Research Associates (including Project Managers and Research Grant Facilitators). Participants from outside the UBC community are also welcome.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
9:00am -12:30pm


Room 102, Michael Smith Laboratories (map)
2185 East Mall, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

SGW_headshot_1The Facilitator

Steve Williams, President of Constructive Public Engagement

Steve has successfully prepared and facilitated stakeholder engagement workshops for the GREAT Program in the past. Read More.


Click on the following link for slides to the workshop: Policy Entrepreneurship: Mapping Your Network slides


Download the session Sketchnotes.


Registration for this event is now closed. If you are interested and would like to be notified when this event will be offered in the future, please contact us.

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