We are very pleased to announce that we have funding to support a series of workshops over the next two years to keep our Transforming Evidence conversations going. Following our inaugural meeting, it became clear that further discussion was required to establish existing knowledge and genuine research gaps. To do this, we will be running workshops to:

  • Bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers with a shared topic or methodological interest, from across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries
  • Share existing knowledge and agree how to make this more widely known
  • Work collaboratively establish genuine knowledge gaps
  • Where appropriate, liaise with our funders to share these research programmes


Our next three workshops are:

25th February 2020 Improving government-academic engagement: what works and why?

23rd March 2020 Reimagining the relationship between research, the media and policy

1st April 2020 Intermediaries, institutions and boundary spanners

Each workshop will ideally lead to a co-authored publication on the state of the evidence, and a research agenda. Where we can, we will facilitate discussions between workshop participants and funders who are investing in this area. Workshops will be up to 1 day in length. Dates and details will be published when available.

Current planned topics include:

  • Coproduction: bringing together insights from health, development and management studies (Winter 2019)
  • A critical history of the evidence use movement (Spring 2020)
  • Argumentation, rhetoric and persuasion (Summer 2020)
  • Ethical engagement: perspectives from research, policy and the media (Summer 2020)
  • Institutions, intermediates and boundary-spanners (Autumn 2020)

We are keen to broaden our networks, so please do share this invitation widely. If you would like to attend a workshop, please write to us stating, in no more than 300 words:

  • What your main contributions to the discussion would be
  • Your interest in the Transforming Evidence work, and how you think this workshop will help research and knowledge in this area
  • (If you want to apply for funding) how much you would need to attend, and why we should support you.

To make the most of the funding we have, we will reserve funding for those who do not have other sources of support. Places at the workshops are limited, but we will aim to include a diverse set of participants and share the findings widely.