In recent years, we have tried to better understand how research is used in UK Parliament, how that relates to the work carried out by POST, and how that can translate into impact.
We have completed two projects so far. Between 2014 and 2017 we studied the use of research evidence within parliamentary debate and scrutiny, as well as the impact of our work. This project investigated how research evidence is conceived and used within the UK Parliament. The mixed-method approach involved surveys, interviews, in-depth case studies and documentary analysis. The study examined how MPs, Peers, MPs' staff and parliamentary staff define and use research evidence, and explored the diverse routes through which research evidence is mobilised throughout Parliament.
Between 2017 and 2018, we studied in more detail the impact of POST. This work analysed previous reports examining the work of POST from 2000 onwards, survey data on awareness and use of POST, and an analysis of POST citations and website analytics.