Policy Engagement Week

In June 2022 we held a Policy Engagement Week across the Emerging Minds Network. 

The week began with a workshop day for our early career researchers taking part in the GROW researcher development programme, and culminated in an Open Lab focused on responding to the UK Government’s call for evidence for their new 10-year mental health plan, facilitated by Professor Cathy Creswell.

During the week we also ran a campaign on Twitter including: 

  • Guest tweet threads from a range of perspectives (including policy maker, third sector, researcher) on how best to engage with policy

  • Advice from our Open Lab event around breaking down barriers to engaging with the government call for evidence

  • Conversation starters inviting people to share their experiences, frustrations, best practice, and barriers to engaging with policy
You can catch up with all the content from the week over @EmergingMindsUK on Twitter or by searching for the hashtag #PolicyEngagementWeek.

And we’ve pulled together some of the best advice from the week below – do take a look.

The Policy Sector Perspective

Top tips from Claire Robson, a public health specialist

The Third Sector Perspective

Top tips from Kadra Abdinasir, Associate Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health

The Research Sector Perspective

Top tips from Professor Cathy Creswell, University of Oxford

Open Lab Advice

Breaking down barriers to engaging with the UK Government call for evidence from the Emerging Minds team

Conversation Starters

Questions to get you thinking about your experiences engaging with policy - you can join in the conversation over on Twitter by clicking the tweet.