The Welfare State Futures knowledge exchange strategy is designed to ensure a sound coordination of activities, cooperation across research projects and collaboration on issues of knowledge exchange. Engagement with stakeholders outside the network and the public at large is essential to the success of the programme. Also, the knowledge generated through academic research in the Welfare State Futures programme is being made available to audiences beyond the immediate peer community.
The emphasise in the strategy is on three different avenues of networking, communication, and capacity-building: a) the creation of a Project Leader Council to establish lines of communication and establish policies in the project; b) the organisation of a series of thematic workshops that will bring together members of different projects and; c) utilising synergy effects across projects to promote training of young and emerging researchers and the dissemination of research results to both scholars and the public. In order to provide a high-prestige and extremely visible outlet for the scientific production at the highest level, a book series at Oxford University Press will be published, and policy briefs and newsletters regularly distributed.
A specific programme website has been developed and will be maintained to reflect the informational needs of the funded projects and the wider public. The website provides access to documentation and knowledge emerging from the program in an accessible form and provides virtual meetings and collaborative online document facility (Website: https://welfarestatefutures.org/).