Policy & Public Affairs
As well as providing information, skills, and opportunities to engage directly with policymakers and influence policy, the Policy and Public Affairs Team also directly represents the sector’s interests on a wide range of external forums and groups. In addition, our team includes NICVA’s research function, which undertakes ongoing research to increase understanding of the sector, its views, and its value to society. We also offer advice on undertaking research, and work with our universities and other research bodies to encourage research partnerships with our sector.
As part of our work we offer the opportunity to join meetings and events held by our Public Affairs Forum which provides regular opportunities for those working in policy and public affairs to come together and exchange knowledge with others in the sector, and a space to meet invited policymakers and influencers. In addition, those interested in particular policy areas, can join our Departmental Monitoring Group mailing lists.
We regularly consult our members and the wider sector to gather your thoughts on what issues need to be lobbied on or brought to the attention of policy and decision makers. This consultation has enabled us to develop our Policy Manifesto and our ongoing consultations and seminars help ensure that your views, concerns and proposals on specific current issues are reflected and represented to policymakers.
So the 31st October has come and gone, and the UK still has not left the EU.
A busy few months for the Policy and Public Affairs team. See some of our updates below.
The third Joint Forum meeting of 2019 took place on 17 October at NICVA.
NICVA's Conversation Zone returns to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on 16 November at the Millennium Forum in Derry.
In September, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) launched a consultation seeking views on Northern Ireland's first environment strategy.
With only a matter of weeks until the 31 October there is still huge uncertainty about whether the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal.
NICVA’s Public Affairs Forum recently held a session with representatives from Belfast City Council and NILGA to learn more about how our sector can best engage with the Council. Below are some useful tips for engaging.
These really are extraordinary times in UK politics as Brexit continues to bolster confusion, chaos and the possibility of another General Election.
A meeting of the Joint Forum will take place on 17 October 2019 at NICVA.
Mid-summer is usually a time when things begin to quieten down for the UK parliament as politicians go off on summer recess until September.
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