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Why is it important? 

Provide evidence to inform policy-making.

Used to scrutinise laws and policies.

Citizens care about evidence.

Demonstrates research impact.

The routes in

Select committees, app-party parliamentary groups, Parlimentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), libraries, NGOs, think tanks, correspondence with members, events.

Top 10 tips

Making connections

1. Be seen online or at events so the relevant people can find you.

2. Blog your research so they know what you are working on.

3. Follow what parliament members are doing via the website or twitter.

4. Sign up to POST. Commons and lords library and select committee alerts.

5. Invite parliamentary staff to your events.

Presenting research

6. Don’t just send your journal articles. Send a brief and include your sources.

7. Be relevant: start with a summary and focus on how your research impacts people.

8. Use visuals – a picture can paint a thousand words.

9. Be clear and accurate: be explicit about all the limitations and caveats.

10. Don’t forget the essentials: include your credentials and date your briefing.

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