Call for speakers: Policy Scotland – TSRF joint event in May 2021

Policy Scotland and TSRF are planning an event for the end of May about the use of third sector research to influence policy and practice.

We are inviting third sector researchers who have experience of using their research to influence policy and practice to give a 10/15 minute presentation on what you did, the barriers you encountered and the enablers that helped you succeed.

If you’d like to showcase your research please email Jane Marryat at and Sarah Weakley at You don’t need to have a fully formed idea of your presentation, just let us know what work you’ve done in this area and we’ll get in touch for a discussion. The deadline for to the call for speakers is Friday 30th April 2021. We look forward to hearing more about your work!

More details about the event:

The aim of this event is to build on conversations started at the ‘Getting research heard and used: understanding and achieving policy influence’ workshop, delivered by Dr Sarah Weakley (Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow) and Nick Bibby and Dr Mariola Tarrega (Scottish Policy and Research Exchange) at TSRF conference, Researching Well, in February 2021. The event will also showcase the experience and learning of third sector organisations who have used their research to influence policy and practice.

The event will be an hour and half comprising of a short input from Policy Scotland about getting your voice heard and two third sector speakers talking about the challenges, barriers and enablers to getting their research-informed voices heard more widely. There will be an opportunity to discuss in small breakout groups what you’ve heard and reflect on your own work aiming to influence policy and practice agendas. We aim for this event to be a space for participants to share their experiences and to develop new strategies for policy engagement.

This event is for researchers and those in a communications role in the third sector, academics, and others with an interest in policy influence.