MetroPolis presents Generating policy impact (GENIMP)

Thu 4 May 2017 to Thu 18 May 2017, 10:00 – 13:00

334 Geoffrey Manton Building Manchester Metropolitan University

Rosamond Street West

Off Oxford Road


M15 6LL

This short course consists of 3 two hour sessions that are designed to help academics undertaking policy-relevant research to develop a clear strategy for generating policy impact. A working knowledge of UK policy-making and evidence-based policy is assumed. The sessions are as follows:

  1. The science of policy-making. In this session we draw on political science to look at different models of policy-making and their implications for researchers and research. We consider what counts as policy and what counts as policy change. This session is led by Dr. Chris O’Leary and Professor Chris Fox.
  2. What is evidence? In this session we look at the ways in which different types of research evidence are used in policy-making. Currently there is much emphasis on the use of Randomised Control Trials and longitudinal studies in evidence-based policy. We discuss this trend but also make a case for the importance of case-based and qualitative research. This session is led by Professor Steve Morris and Professor Chris
  3. Getting evidence into policy and practice. In this session we first look at what existing research tells us about the effectiveness of different approaches to getting evidence into policy and practice. In the second half of the session participants draw on the learning from the three sessions to develop their own plan for generating policy impact. This session is led by Professor Chris Fox.

The course is led by Chris Fox, Steve Morris and Chris O’Leary.

  • Chris Fox is Professor of Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Manchester Metropolitan University and Director of the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. His most recent book isAn Introduction to Evaluation, published by Sage.
  • Steve Morris is Professor of Evaluation and Policy Analysis at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to entering academia he held senior posts in several government departments and was one of the authors of the first edition of the Magenta Book.
  • Chris O’Leary is a Senior Lecturer. He has held senior roles in the public sector and has been a cabinet member in a large local authority. He recently completed a PhD in political science.

Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.

Sessions take place on the following dates. Only sign-up if you are able to attend on all three dates:

Session 1: Thursday 4th May 10 – 1, GM 334

Session 2: Thursday 11th May 10 – 1, GM 334

Session 3: Thursday 18th May 10 – 1, GM334


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact with any questions.

Will refreshments be provided?

Yes, tea and coffee will be provided through out the session.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, there will be a sign in sheet at the session.

Is this session only offered to MMU Staff?

Yes, the ‘Generating policy impact (GENIMP)’ sessions are only availble to staff.

Registration can be found here:

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