Building networks and relationships is also important as neither research nor policymaking are linear processes. While you might have completed research to share as evidence, it is likely that you will want to share findings, evidence or ideas at various stages of your research process and at various stages of the policy crafting process. Engaging with policymaking can be an iterative, ongoing process. Having a good network can help to support that. It can help you develop as a policy shaper now and in the future.