I’m calling it:
Liaising with policymakers and stakeholders should be a full-time job
Something most headcounts, and quite possibly yours, simply doesn’t accommodate.
It takes time to build solid relationships with the right people so you can anticipate a call for submissions and know exactly what’s required of you.
Unfortunately, I’ve seen first-hand how a lack of internal resources can seriously let down the handling of policy issues.
Outsource your food & nutrition policy advice for rock-solid submissions
Over the past 5+ years, some of Australia’s leading organisations have tasked me with collecting and analysing the data it takes to make policy recommendations.
What I’ve learned very quickly?
Pitching successfully to government organisations takes evidence-based communication, a deep curiosity for the food policy dialogue and strong leadership skills.
Skills I bring to the table for every policy project I get to work on.
“You provided recommendations for policymakers that are clearly linked to the evidence presented and demonstrated strong knowledge of the subject area, with evidence of wide and comprehensive reading and critical ability. Well done.”
Who I’ve learnt with
What can my food & nutrition policy advice include?
Updating policy responses to ensure they are still relevant and effective
Liaising with internal and external stakeholders on policy issues
Preparing briefs and reports presenting policy information to governments and policymakers
Advising governments and related organisations on particular food & nutrition trends that may affect policy development
Researching, assessing and compiling information in relation to policy submissions
Collect and analyse data and make evidence-based recommendations to the relevant stakeholders
What policies have we contributed to?
Responded to World Health Organization (WHO) draft guideline on fiscal policies to promote healthy diets
Revised the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) Food security for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy position statement
Responded to FSANZ Proposal P1058 – Nutrition labelling about added sugars