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. 

Coronavirus: lessons learnt (Health and Social Care Committee and Science and Technology Committee) A joint inquiry into lessons to be learned from the response to the coronavirus pandemic so far. The two Select Committees will jointly conduct evidence sessions examining the impact and effectiveness of action taken by government and the advice it has received. Each Committee will draw on specialist expertise and call witnesses to consider a range of issues. No Fixed Deadline.    

Global health security (Foreign Affairs Committee) This inquiry will scrutinise the FCDO’s role in delivering the Prime Minister’s vision of a “new global approach to health security”. It will build on the Committee’s previous report ‘Viral Immunity—The FCO’s role in building a coalition against COVID-19’ and our work on multilateral organisations including the WHO. Deadline 2 December 2020
 
Living online: the long term impact on wellbeing (COVID-19 Committee) The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our rapidly increasing reliance on digital technology. This inquiry will look at the long-term impact this may have on our social and economic wellbeing and, in particular, on four key drivers of wellbeing: physical health, mental health, social interaction and quality of working life. Dealine: 11 December 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. 

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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