Call for papers: ‘Getting Social Research into Policy & Practice’

We’re very pleased to announe the Call for workshop papers for “Getting Social Research into Policy and Practice”, the Social Research Association’s annual conference on 9 December 2013 at the British Library, London.

The SRA annual conference is a unique event: it is the only forum the UK has for bringing together social researchers from all sectors and disciplines to share knowledge and ideas, to debate our most pressing professional issues, and, of course, to meet and talk.

As austerity continues to constrain the world of social research, what more can be done to make better use of evidence and bridge the gap with policy and practice?   This year’s conference will explore how researchers can engage more effectively with those who use research.  What can and should researchers do to ensure they inform policy processes and local practice?  How do we translate nuanced research findings into practical solutions?  How far should researchers stray into the world of policy-making?  How do we produce robust evaluations as budgets dwindle? What do policymakers and practitioners need from research, and can it realistically be delivered?

We are looking for engaging workshop papers which will address the broad theme of ‘Getting social research into policy and practice’ through the lens of one of the following:

•       Communicating and disseminating research with impact
•       Innovation in a time of austerity
•       Evaluating the ‘impossible’
•       Evidence-based policy vs. policy-based evidence
•       Maintaining quality
•       Overcoming methodological challenges
•       Ethical issues and dilemmas.

Papers are for workshop sessions of 20 minutes (followed by a 10 minute Q&A).  Up to two lead presenters will receive a solid discount on the delegate fee.

Please email your abstract of not more than 500 words to by no later than *Monday 19 August*.  Please write ‘SRA Conference Abstract’ in the subject line of your email, and include your name on all attachments.  Your abstract needs to include:  >Title of presentation  >Summary outline of content and areas of learning  >A description of your research methodology, if appropriate  >Name, affiliation, email and phone contact for each presenter.

Please do not send completed presentations or papers. The SRA website will provide further details on the conference.

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