Building successful partnerships for policy-relevant research

Event Details


Time to AEST

Event Series External event

Location Online

Research conducted with policy partners can have a greater chance of impacting policies, programs and services. This course by the Sax Institute draws on the expertise of senior policy makers and researchers to help early career researchers build the skills required to initiate and sustain research partnerships with policy makers.

It will teach practical skills such as:

  • How to understand policy priorities, policy realities and the policy environment
  • How to embark on a new policy relationship, get new policy partners on board, and build your partnership skills
  • How to frame your research idea for a policy audience
  • How to lay the foundations for co-production
  • How to establish the right governance framework for your collaborative project
  • How to engage policy makers with your research findings.

Who should attend?

Early career researchers with significant research expertise, typically at post-doctorate level or with equivalent experience. Suited to applicants who are interested in influencing health or social policy by working in partnership with decision makers.

This online version of the course will run over three sessions and will focus on most popular course highlights that target particular areas of interest to early career researchers. The course will include small group work plus individual pre- and post-course assessment with the course facilitator.

  1. Module 1 – Wednesday 19 April 2023, 12-2pm, “The Policy Environment”
  2. Module 2 – Wednesday 26 April 2023, 12-2pm, “Framing research for the policy environment”
  3. Module 3 – Wednesday 3 May 2023, 12-2pm, “Communication – fundamental principles”

The course is facilitated by Sian Rudge.

Workshop Cost

  • Early bird price: $650 per person (excl GST) + Eventbrite fees | available until 5pm Sunday, 2 April.
  • Student and group booking (6+) pricing: $650 per person (excl GST) + Eventbrite fees
  • Standard price: $750 per person (excl GST) + Eventbrite fees


Places for this course are limited to 14 attendees. Each attendee will benefit from individual Pre- and Post- course assessments provided by the course facilitator.

Please register for this event by 5pm Wednesday, 12 April 2023 to secure your place.