Influencing policy, driving change

Andy Phillips speaking at the conference

Andy Phillips, Head of Skills Research at the Observatory, in full flow

Andy Phillips and I ran a workshop last week at the Influencing Policy, Driving Change conference for the third sector. The event was jointly run by Regional Action West Midlands and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

As the title suggests, the purpose of the conference was to help equip the third sector (charities, social enterprises, and the voluntary and community sector) to influence policy effectively through campaigning, advocacy and providing innovative solutions to problems.

The Observatory workshop concentrated on the use of facts, figures and research to underpin this work.

In two separate sessions, before and after lunch, delegates explored how the sector could better utilise the work of the Observatory in such areas as funding, lobbying and project planning.

Using the Regional Resource Catalogue and  Regional Skills Assessment as examples, we demonstrated and discussed how credible evidence can be used to underpin policy, as well as how we could work better together.

We look forward to developing our relationship with the sector moving forward, and will be working with Regional Action West Midlands to develop future sessions for the sector on the use of evidence.

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