This report seeks to explore what scope exists for academics and the third sector to work together to influence policy and practice, and how this might be done. It touches on the respective roles of academics and third sector organisations and asks whether these are likely to be complementary. It explores what barriers or obstacles may impede cooperation, and what methods of InterAction exist and have proved successful or unsuccessful in
influencing policy and practice. It concludes with recommendations for universities, for third sector organisations and for other significant actors in this process including the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Research Councils UK and governments.