Influencing policy must start with the understanding that opportunities to influence policy and make significant change occur infrequently and often unpredictably.
Organisations that do not have the ear of government or the popular backing or resources to obtain it must accept the vagaries of the political agenda and their relatively slight influence over it. This means that developing a strategic mindset about influencing policy must start with the understanding that opportunities to influence policy and make significant change occur infrequently and often unpredictably. In the literature, the opportunities are most often termed policy windows.
Policy windows can be a challenge for research institutions because of the timing and agenda mismatch. Good research can take years to complete, and research programs follow an ordered and often time-heavy process to reach high quality outcomes, but even a decade worth of research is unlikely to open a policy window for its adoption. Even worse, research can reach fruition shortly after government has developed a major policy, which often puts the government in an awkward position and compels it to actively defend against or dismiss the new research.
2018 Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd.
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The CRCWSC project A3.3 Strategies for influencing the political dynamics of decision making examined strategies and tactics for influencing opinion formation and policy making, to facilitate progress towards water sensitive cities.
Knowing what to do with scientific research outcomes can be tricky. But, by changing how we present research proposals or findings to government and industry, we have a real chance to influence policy making and industry practice. The fact sheet covers 9 principles:
1. Know what you want to achieve
2. Bring solutions, not problems
3. Translate the research
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