Within its Policy Hub, T6 develops ad hoc strategies to promote and foster policy analyses for main areas of expertise. Analyses are conducted combining research-based methods with stakeholder engagement. The aim is to structure a collaborative and experimental way to influence innovative policy-making at a regional, national and European level.
T6 supports the idea that an applied social research approach is crucial to understand the society having an impact on the correct and fair implementation of public policies. To do that, T6 has created a internal structure: the Policy Hub. Thisis aimed at developing and applying a flexible framework called “Policy Dialogue” in which desk research, stakeholder engagement and public consultations are integrated in a unique flow to derive evidence-based analysis addressed to policy makers.
The Policy Dialogue is mainly divided in three steps. In the first step, T6 takes care of data gathering using quali-quantitative methodologies to identify the state of the art of the field and understand in deep the problem. In the second step, T6 structures a participatory process through the engagement of relevant stakeholders.
T6 acts as facilitator and connector of different stakeholders and needs guiding them in the discussion of possible scenarios and in the identification of common solutions. Finally, T6 produces reports addressed to policy makers and major stakeholders to influence on-going and future policy making process. The reports are published following an Open Science approach being the reports accessible and available on the T6 website.
As well as the above T6 guides design thinking to deliver insights and foresight through a structured but flexible process. The framework is applicable to different fields and areas of work, as well as to different scales, from regional and national context up to European scale.
To investigate, engage and find solutions for better policies, the team workonh in the T6 Policy Hub uses several tools and methods, these include: :
- Stakeholder mapping;
- Data collection through: desk research, literature review, surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and participatoryobservation;
- Qualitative analysis;
- Quantitative analysis;
- Future and scenario analysis;
- Stakeholder consultations (e.g Multi-Stakeholder forums, roundtables, on-line discussions).