Engaging with policy makers


Research often identifies problems and proposes solutions – and these often require action from governments in order to have real-world impact. Yet to researchers’ great frustration, policies are often based on emotions and politics rather than evidence. This workshop, by Critical Narratives, will equip participants with the tools and skills to efficiently find their way through the world of government, politics and advocacy, and to influence those who make the decisions in their field of expertise.


  • introduction to policy making processes
  • determining who the responsible policy makers are
  • understanding networks and influence
  • ways of influencing policy makers directly and indirectly
  • top tips for approaching policy makers
  • series of activities to create a draft plan to engage with policy makers

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants ...

  • have identified where their research fits into the policy process,
  • have determined which policy and decision makers to target,
  • have identified a network of allies,
  • have selected the right approach and communication methods,
  • have set realistic goals, priorities and expectations,
  • have created a draft plan for engaging with the relevant policy makers.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • valorisation
  • interpersonal competences:
    • interdisciplinary collaboration
    • networking
    • persuasion
    • stakeholder awareness
  • personal effectiveness:
    • perseverance


For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs who want to reach policy makers
  • 15 places available (in case of digital organisation, this will be lowered to 10)

When and where?

  • September 27, 2021 - 13:00-16:00
  • campus Hasselt, Old Prison, green room (OG-B1.1Gr)


  • Closed since August 31, 2021.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'IP, valorisation & science communication' - workshop on valorisation
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - half of a transferable skills course
  • DS ST: category 'IP & valorisation' - info session/course about valorization or innovation