ESRC Festival of Social Sciences 2019

Art materials and post it notes

Making Sense of Public Opinion: Policymaker for A Day

The design of public policy is a complicated procedure and involves the consideration of many types of information, in particular, public desires and opinions. This raises the following questions: 

  •  How do policymakers make sense of public opinion? 

  • What sources of information are relevant and allow policy makers to understand what the public want? 

This hands-on workshop is designed to complement citizenship education. Using climate change as a case study, 16 to 18 year old students will be asked to design a poster of their policy to be presented to the House of Commons for debate. They will be briefed on the public policy process and how it relates to everyday policies they encounter in their lives. They will then be divided into groups representing 3 lobby groups supporting different causes. They will be given different sources of public opinion and asked to create a poster, using their chosen public opinion data, to make the case or a specific policy response. Students will then present their posters to their classmates and subsequently keep them to be displayed in their school.

The Crick Centre is looking for five enthusiastic and friendly undergraduates to facilitate this workshop with us.This workshop, designed to give students an insight into the practice of politics and public opinion, will take place during an afternoon in the first week of November. An information session will be held on 10th October 2019.

This is a paid opportunity and is only open to Year 2 and 3 undergraduates. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved with this workshop and receive further information about the information session, please sign up here.