Policy Entrepreneurship Workshop #1: Diagnose Your Policy Problem & Refine Your Value Proposition


How does change happen? What really influences change in your research area? And how does your research contribute to innovation?

This first workshop in a series of three will explore how you can diagnose the policy problem or institutional hurdle you are facing by understanding how change happens, situating your research within a broader ecosystem, and by refining your value proposition.

This event will lay the foundation for the second and third workshops that will delve deeper into understanding how decisions are made, who makes these decisions, what information the decision-makers need, and how you can build your strategy for influencing 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify existing policies or institutional hurdles that affect your current research.
  • Develop a value proposition that clearly articulates the value of your research to your “customer” (eg. policy-maker, decision-maker, stakeholder, end-user).
  • Understand a range of theories of how change happens.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015
1:00pm – 4:30pm


Room 1330, Life Sciences Institute (map)
2350 Health Sciences Mall, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z3


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


Blair3Key Practitioner Guest

Blair Simonite, Program Director of e@UBC, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Sauder School of Business

Blair Simonite is COO/CFO for Recombo Inc., a cloud software firm that provides rapid customer onboarding solutions to the financial services industry. Read More.


Check out the video below for a recap of the workshop.


Click here to download the PowerPoint slides from this workshop.

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


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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