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By Tim Durrant

As an impartial think tank, the Institute for Government works with all parties across the UK, and at all levels of government (national, devolved in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, regional and local). Inevitably, however, our focus is mainly on the Conservative party, which is in government in London.

Our work focuses on how government does things, and how it can work better, rather than advocating particular policies. As such, we are keen to work with politicians of different ideologies and backgrounds.

Here I share some lessons from our work with parties across the UK.

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Hosted by Soapbox, UK

New generations consume information differently. Newspapers and prime-time news are no longer the only home for truth and evidence. Today they live on platforms like TikTok and Instagram and find a voice in social media influencers, brands and young activists. Unfortunately, ‘youth’ is often dismissed as inexperienced. However, what we might fail to see is that ‘youth’ is the experience. How do we as researchers and communicators listen to their language, join their platforms of choice, and help fuel their debates with our own experience?

Speakers:

  • Naomi Isaacs, Soapbox, UK
  • Alicja Pawluczuk, Digital Inclusion Researcher, UK
  • Fatou Wurie, Doctoral Student, Sierra Leone
  • Anne Flotho, Polis180, Germany

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Hosted by OTT Consulting and Impacto Consulting, UK

The impact investing sector wants to see stronger evidence of impact and financial return. Can think tanks help them to do this? A new OTT-Impacto Consulting project is researching and supporting collaboration between local think tanks and impact investors in four countries across Africa and Latin America. This session explores early experiences and lessons from these collaborations in Colombia and Ghana.

Speakers:

  • Julie Lafrance, OTT Consulting, Canada
  • Carolina Robino, IDRC, Uruguay
  • Juan Sebastián Pacheco, Colombia National Advisory Board, Colombia
  • Amma Lartey, Ghana National Advisory Board, Ghana
  • Dr Charles Adongo, Empiriks Research, Ghana
  • Isabel Mejia, Econometria, Colombia
  • Diego Sandoval, Econometria, Colombia

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Hosted by Clast From Clay, UK

If partnerships are to bring about change, we need to ask: how does change happen? Cast From Clay and friends from E3G, Impact on Urban Health and OECD discuss how the networked age has increased the need for think tanks to move beyond top-down models of change. Drawing on examples, they show that by working with the narratives and culture that shape policy change, we open up new avenues for collaboration and impact.

Speakers:

  • Katy Murray, Cast from Clay, UK
  • Aidan Muller, Cast from Clay, UK
  • Karla Hill, E3G, New Zealand
  • Rachel Pidgeon, Impact on Urban Health, UK
  • Laura McDonald, OECD, Ireland

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Hosted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

Scaling impact requires coordination with an evolving set of stakeholders that affect — or are affected by — scaling efforts. This requires us to broaden how we think about partnerships and participation in research interventions that seek to achieve impact at an optimal scale. In this workshop, facilitators use a tool from IDRC’s Scaling Playbook to explore broadening how we think about partnerships and participation in practice.

Speakers:

  • Dena Lomofsky, Southern Hemisphere, South Africa
  • Hayley Price-Kelly, IDRC, Canada
  • Rob McLean, IDRC, Canada

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Hosted by INASP, UK

Universities are vital spaces for preparing future thinktankers and business, policy and public professionals. But outdated curricula and pedagogies are failing many young people. This session explores how an ecosystem approach can transform teaching and learning through partnerships that bring universities into conversation with social entrepreneurs, businesses, policymakers and their communities.

Speakers:

  • Flora Fabian, University Of Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Kendi Muchungi, Brain and Mind Institute, Kenya
  • Mai Skovgaard, INASP, Denmark
  • Tabitha Buchner, INASP, Germany
  • Vincent Odhiambo, Ashoka East Africa, Kenya

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