The Policy Institute at King’s addresses complex policy and practice challenges with rigorous research, academic expertise and analysis focused on improving outcomes.
Our vision is to contribute to building an ecosystem that enables the translation of research to inform policy and practice, and the translation of policy and practice needs into a demand-focused research culture.
We do this by bringing diverse groups together, facilitating engagement between academic, business, philanthropic, clinical and policy communities around current and future societal issues.
Together with our visiting faculty and funders, we focus on achieving our vision through three core activities which include:
Analysing: identifying and assessing pressing challenges
We work together with policymakers, practitioners and others with complex challenges affecting society. We explore the issues from multiple angles, taking into account the wider context and constraints in which policy priorities are set, how to frame them and ways to improve outcomes.
Convening: drawing in broad perspectives on challenges and desirable outcomes
Societal challenges, by definition, affect many and it is increasingly acknowledged that making better policy requires greater understanding of the range of views and interests associated with issues and their resolution. As such, it is important to reach outside of more usual academic formats and bring together those with different backgrounds and assessments of the problems and what might help address them.
Contributing: collaborating with and influencing those who can help ensure our work improves lives
Working with those facing complex decisions to help them see their questions and challenges differently, and to make them aware of new perspectives, is an important step in opening up new thinking. There is also a need to fill knowledge gaps and to highlight where evidence suggests practical opportunities to address a problem.