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A useful policy laboratory on the path to political decision

A useful policy laboratory on the path to political decision



Policy Lab panel discussion on 14 March 2024. From left: moderator Anna Zorzet, Ingrid Petersson, Karin Schmeichel, and Maja Fjaestad, photo: Asa Svensson

The Policy Lab is organized by a working group consisting of people from Health crisis center, Center of Excellence for Sustainable Health And Office of Research and Higher Education. It is a forum for discussion and learning about the relationship between research and decision-making. On October 26 last year, the first Policy Lab was held, which looked at how the Swedish political system is structured, above all when it comes to healthcare and medical policy, but also what the role of universities as authorities looks like. This was followed by a smaller policy lab on the new aid reform agenda, as well as an investigator from the inquiry Full or partial state ownership of health care Submit his work

How does a government investigation work?

On March 14, it was time to create a new policy lab, this time focusing on how to conduct a government investigation. The working group has been called Ingrid PetersonWho has extensive experience in various roles in the public and private sectors. She has, among other things, been Director General of the Formas Research Council and Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, she has led several government investigations, most recently Nutritional readiness for a new era And Effective organization for funding government research.

Beginning with an investigation into government research funding, Ingrid takes participants on the journey a government investigation takes. I also described why we conduct investigations, what different investigations look like and how the work is carried out. Because investigations often add to broader and more complex issues, in order to reconsider or change the direction of a social issue, there are many people with knowledge of the topic who would like to contribute, including researchers. In addition, KI, as a state university, is an authority that frequently provides referral responses for investigations. Therefore, it may be important to know how investigations are conducted, in order to learn more about how, when and in what way input and referral responses can best be accessed.

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Panel discussion with insights from management and policy

After Ingrid's introduction, a moderated panel discussion followed Anna Zorzet From the Health Crisis Center. During the conversation, Ingrid responded with Karen Schmeichela former advisor to the Ministry of Education, and now head of a unit in the Office of Research and Higher Education, and Maja Fjestad, former Secretary of State at the Ministry of Social Affairs, and now expert coordinator at the Health Crisis Center, took questions from the audience. The questions varied and many came from people with their own experience, for example, in writing referral responses. In addition, it was discussed how to contribute as a researcher to government investigations in the best way possible. The Committee generously shared ideas and experiences from different parts of the government inquiry's journey, both from the perspective of politicians and non-political officials.

Next Policy Lab

Policy lab is organized regularly during the semester period. Watch Health crisis center wow Center of Excellence for Sustainable Health pages And at KI-News for information about the upcoming Policy Lab! If you are Subscribe to the Health Crisis Center newsletter Receive invitations to the Policy Lab directly in your inbox!