Canadian academic research in all disciplines is among the best in the world but Canada is not extracting full social and economic value from this research. Reductions in the policy capacity within government create opportunities to engage academic researchers in structured policy dialogues on policy areas of strategic importance to Canada. Supporting collaborations on policy research will create an innovative policy environment that will have an impact across government and on Canada’s research and graduate student community. Structured policy dialogues on topics important to Canadians will provide an important means to maximize the return on government investments in university research and will build capacity and partnerships to better enable knowledge mobilization and enhance the public benefit of publicly funded research.
This panel will feature experts from the university research and federal policy environments. Panelists will make the case and explore possibilities for growing partnerships between federal policy makers and the broader policy community. The moderator will then seek feedback from the audience in a design session format to inform the development of a process that will maximize the impact of Canada’s academic research community on Canada’s federal public policy process.