Covid-19: Current Opportunities to Engage with Policy

With the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, policymakers across the UK are looking for expert knowledge to aide their policy decisions.

If you are a researcher interested in responding to any of the opportunities below, or would like any further guidance, please contact PolicyBristol

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Covid-19 Expert Databases

Do you have expertise in a relevant field of Covid-19 research, response or recovery? Policymakers want research insights to sign up to their databases. Sign up to their databases below.

Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office Open Innovation Team database is for shared use across central government departments and other relevant public bodies. If you have expertise relating to COVID-19 or its impact and would be interested in providing expert advice to the government, sign up to the database here.

Welsh Parliament

This register of experts will enable Senedd staff quick access to academic researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, with a particular focus on Wales. Find out more  and sign up here.


Other Opportunities

Scientists for Labour 

PolicyBristol has been contacted by Scientists for Labour to share an opportunity for researchers to contribute to policy engagement on Covid-19.

They are working to ensure that the Opposition Leadership team have access to scientific and medical experts, to support parliamentary scrutiny of government policy. Find out more and sign up here. 

Reforming public transport after the pandemic (Transport Committee)  This inquiry will take a holistic look at how public transport is changing and the implications for current government strategies including the Williams Rail Review, bus strategy, walking and cycling, taxis and private hire vehicles. Deadline: 24 September 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on education and children's services (Education Committee) The inquiry will look at how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of the education sector and children’s social care system and will scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation. Deadline: 30 September 2020
Reviewing the potential impact of COVID-19 on the default tariff cap (Ofgem) This policy consultation sets out initial thinking on how the COVID-19 crisis might have impacted suppliers’ costs, whether ofgem should adjust the default tariff cap (“the cap”), and if so, how. Deadline: 12 October 2020
The Future of Legal Aid (Justice Committee) The Justice Committee is conducting an inquiry into the future of legal aid. The inquiry is especially keen to hear about the sustainability of the legal aid market, the impact of Covid-19 and the increasing reliance on digital technology to deliver legal advice and court services. Deadline 19 October
Coronavirus: implications for transport: (Transport committee)The Transport Committee is asking transport workers, stakeholders and members of the public to write to them about the transport issues they face during the coronavirus outbreak. MPs will explore the impact felt by the industry, its workers and passengers in a rolling programme of work to monitor the impact of coronavirus on UK transport, sector by sector. Deadline: 29 October 2020
Employment and COVID-19 (Economic Affairs committee) The Committee will examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market and consider what urgent measures should be taken to protect and create jobs. Deadline: 11 December 2020
Senedd committee inquiries (Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament) The Welsh Parliament has five committee inquiries that are underway and are encouraging a written response from those with relevant expertise. The inquiries are as follows: 
Inquiry into the Impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management on health and social care in Wales (Health, Social Care and Sport Committee) The inquiry will consider the impact of the outbreak, and its management, on health and social care services in Wales.
No Fixed Deadline. 
Inquiry into the Impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management on health and social care in Wales (Children, Young People and Education Committee) The inquiry is exploring how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of life for children and young people (including students in further and higher education).
No Fixed Deadline. 
Inquiry into Covid-19 and its impact on matters relating to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee's remit (Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee) The inquiry will consider the impact of coronavirus, and the response to it, on Local government, housing; equalities; tackling poverty; human rights.
No Fixed Deadline. 
Inquiry into the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on culture, creative industries, heritage, communications and sport(Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Commitee) The inquiry will consider the impact of the outbreak, and its management on sectors under the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee’s remit, including: culture and the creative industries; heritage; national and community media, including community radio; journalism; and, for the purposes of this inquiry, we will also be looking at sport at both grass roots and elite levels.
No Fixed Deadline. 
Open call for evidence and experiences (Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee) The inquiry is interested in the effects of the pandemic; measures taken to slow the spread; and support being offered to help people, companies and other organisations through the pandemic . Members are particularly interested in gathering evidence and views looking forward at what needs to be done to help the nation recover.
No Fixed Deadline.  

We are also aware that other policy priorities, while currently overshadowed, have not gone away. Regardless of your area of research or policy, we’re here to support you. In our monthly newsletter, you can find a list of recent concultations and inquiries - you can sign up to our mailing list here

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