Policy Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Making it Count – How PolicyMakers Use Science-Based Research to Make Decisions

Event Description

How can your policy-relevant science based research have an impact on the policy-making process?

Seeking to communicate research findings to policy-makers is not a new challenge, but the environment in which policy-makers learn about issues and make decisions is increasingly complicated, and yet provides many opportunities. Sometimes it seems as if researchers and policy-makers operate in completely separate, impermeable spheres. How can you make your research count?

This talk will dive into the various obstacles and challenges involved in ensuring the uptake of your research  in the policy decision-making process. Influencing policy is often a long-term proposition requiring strategies that are informed by understanding how policy-making and government organizations work, how they connect to their larger networks and intermediaries, and the rhythms of policy-making and administrative decision-making. This presentation and dialogue will explore these matters for policy-relevant science-based research.

Evert Lindquist, Director at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration, will deliver a short presentation followed by a facilitated interactive discussion focusing on your research and policy challenges. Bring your questions, your projects and your obstacles so we can discuss.

Guest Speaker

Evert LinquistDr. Evert Lindquist

Dr. Evert Lindquist is Professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration, serving as Director since 1998. Prior to that he taught at the University of Toronto for ten years and was the first Treasury Board Secretariat Visiting Scholar. He has published widely on topics relating to public sector reform, governance and decision-making, central agencies and their initiatives, policy capability, think tanks and consultation processes, horizontal management, government-non profit relations, and on policy visualization, undertaken with the support of the HC Coombs Policy Forum at the Australian National University and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, when he held the ANU-ANZSOG Chair in Public Sector Management Reform (2010-11).

He is Editor of Canadian Public Administration, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s flagship journal. He is principal investigator for a SSHRC partnership development grant with four partners (Institute on Governance, OACDU’s sLab, Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management, and MIGHTY Solutions) on ‘Digital Governance: Transforming Government for the Digital Era.” Expand.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm


Room 101, Michael Smith Laboratories (map)
2185 East Mall, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


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