From Analysis to Action: Local Government Knowledge Navigator Seminar


23 Jun 2014


Local Government House
Smith Square




The Knowledge Navigator is a two-year programme run in partnership by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), Solace and the Local Government Assocation. Its purpose is to find ways to bring local government and the research community together so that research is useful to and used by local authorities.

This event is an important opportunity to join with colleagues from local government, universities and research funders to identify practical steps that can enable local authorities to make best use of research expertise and knowledge.

Participants will hear first-hand the recommendations from the first stage of the Navigator’s work and have early sight of the rapid research reviews that it has commissioned. The seminar is an opportunity to consider practical proposals for adding value by brining research and local government closer, and to shape the next stage of the Knowledge Navigator Programme.

Follows the links on the programme below for presentations.


Seminar Programme 


Welcome and Introductions
Michael Coughlin, Local Government Association


Key findings and recommendations from the Knowledge Navigator

Local Government and the Research Community - Prof. Steve Martin, LGKN


What can be achieved - case studies of existing research partnerships

Local Government and the Research Community - Vibeke Normann Andersen, Ph.d., Head of Research, KORA

Local Government and Research - Jon Anders Drøpping, Manager R&D, KS

KnowledgeHub - Sarah Jennings, Director, Digital & Community Engagement at CapacityGRID


Bringing local government and research communities together - a research funder's perpsective

Local Government and the Research Community: Perspectives and ways forward - Natalie Jones, Deputy Head of Knowledge Exchange


What needs to be done: Knowledge Navigator Recommendations followed by panel discussion

What does UK Local Government Need - Tim Allen, LGKN

Local Government and the Research Community - Jonathan Breckon, Head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence (A4UE)

What Works: Creating an evidence based approach - Dr David Halpern, What Works National Adviser & Director, Behavioural Insights Team 

Knowledge Power - David Walker, Head of Policy at the Academy of Social Sciens & Contributing Editor, Guardian Public


Plenary Discussion of the next steps for the Knowledge Navigator programmes 


Concluding Remarks
Michael Coughlin, Local Government Association


All the reports issued so far by the Local Government Knowledge Navigator can be found here.