POST provides advice on research evidence relating to public policy issues. For example, POST advisers provide oral briefings to select committees on research evidence relevant to inquiries, or assessments of evidence received by a committee; and ad hoc peer reviewed briefings prepared at the request of a select committee or library research service. POST covers a wide range of areas including health, biological sciences, physical sciences, engineering, ICT, energy, environment and the social sciences.
POST provides impartial summaries of academic and other rigorous research, placing findings in a policy context for parliamentary use. These often take the form of POSTnotes, which are submitted to peer review from academia, industry, government and the third sector.
- Building connections
POST holds a number of events each year that connect parliamentarians to leading experts from the research community and other sectors. POST helps identify experts for Members, library research services and select committees, for example, upon starting a new inquiry.
- Horizon Scanning
POST identifies trends in science, technology, society and policy, and analyses their implications for Parliament. Horizon scanning is core to all of POST’s work, including working with select committees, for example when scoping new inquiries.
- Professional development
POST works with people in Parliament who want to develop their skills in using research evidence, and with members of the research community who are keen to learn more about policy in general, and Parliament in particular.
POST manages a Fellowship Programme for PhD students and academics at any stage post-PhD, in collaboration with research funders and professional societies. These schemes bring researchers into Parliament to support and learn about the activities of POST, the committee offices and the libraries.