APO News

Survey: using evidence in high-performance building design

The Closing the Loop research project aims to connect the wealth of evidence that exists for high-performance buildings to decision makers in the early design stages of buildings.

The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the sources of information used to make decisions in this context, the practitioners point of view regarding evidence based decision-making, and your stance regarding the application of scientific findings.

Indigenous incarceration - another new keyword collection on APO

APO has a new collection of resources on Indigenous incarceration and the overrepresentation of Aboriginal Australians in the criminal justice system.  This keyword collection begins with an introduction by APO intern, Monica La Macchia, citing many of the resources gathered in the collection.


Social impact bonds - a new keyword collection on APO

APO has a new collection of resources with a handy topic guide about Social impact bonds and a longer essay by Mike Steketee. This collection has been developed in partnership with Inside Story.

If you know of more resources we should include about this or any other topic please contribute directly here>.

Free pass to Evidence for Decision-Making to be won

To celebrate our new Public Administration and Governance Collection of research on APO, our partners at ANZSOG are offering a free pass to attend an exclusive workshop on 25-26 October in Melbourne: Evidence for Decision-Making. To enter simply fill out the form below and tell us how you would benefit from attending this workshop.

UN declares 28 September International Day for the Universal Access to Information

The 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, held in November 2015, has proclaimed 28 September as International Day for the Universal Access to Information, starting from 2016.

The proclamation:

National Research Infrastructure Capability Roadmap 2016 - APO submission

The Australian Government recently commissioned the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to support future investment decisions in research infrastructure. This aim is to ensure Australian researchers can access world class major national research infrastructure.

Submissions for the issues paper closed in mid September. APO made a public submission which is available here. The submissions should be made public soon although they don't seem to be available just yet - check the consultation page for updates.

The issues paper asked about the types of research infrastructure to be supported and the benefits, ethical and procedural issues, data and subject specialisations etc. The APO submission did not answer all questions but did address quite a few given our very broad interest in policy issues across the social sciences, sciences, health, engineering and humanities disciplines.

The following is an extract from the APO submission to the opening question:

Many of the policy and research imperatives facing Australia in the coming decades are complex, multidisciplinary and beyond the capacity of any one sector – whether it is education, government, industry or civil society – to address effectively. Issues such as sustainable urban growth, regional economic development, social cohesion and national security, ehealth, Indigenous reconciliation, climate change adaptation, changing education and employment needs, transport, digital technologies and many more, involve researchers across the sciences, social sciences and the humanities and require engagement and participation from industry, government, civil society and the general public.

To undertake this work involves sources that are highly varied, existing in both digital and physical forms and in a wide range of formats, from historical and archival documents, artefacts and objects to large scale data sets and visualisations. Research data and primary sources may be produced or owned by researchers and institutions themselves, generated by machinery or located in institutions and archives around the world, or be scatted across federal, state and local governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), industry and business.

Grey literature is a term used to describe publications produced and disseminated directly by organisations, including government departments and agencies, academic research centres, NGOs, think tanks and industry – in academic terms ‘non-traditional research objects’ or NTROs. They are an essential part of the policy process, providing the evidence-base for many policy decisions. Grey literature is widely recognised as essential to the research process in health, criminology, archaeology, engineering, environmental science and many other disciplines. Recent research indicates that grey literature reports are the most used and important source of policy and practice related research1 and grey literature’s use value in Australia could be as high as $30 billion p.a1. One of the challenges presented by grey literature is that it does not flow through traditional publishing channels and is therefore dispersed and disaggregated across the internet, difficult to find and evaluate and often lost in what has been described as a digital black hole.

New Job Position at APO - Digital Product Manager. Apply today!

Working with the CRC for Low Carbon Living and academics at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research we are commencing a 2-year project to develop a Knowledge Hub for the sustainable built environment. We are seeking a dynamic Digital Product Manager to scope, consult, design and deliver this and related digital information projects and maximise the opportunities they present, with the aim of supporting better knowledge exchange and decision making on sustainable built environments and other public policy issues.

The Digital Product Manager position is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of the Knowledge Hub project (http://apo.org.au/content/low-carbon-living-knowledge-hub) which will be used by the policy and research communities across all sectors of society and be responsible for the successful end-to-end delivery of new products and services as well as integration with and continued development of related platforms such as APO and the Global Building Performance Network (http://www.gbpn.org/ (link is external))

This is a great opportunity that comes with access to all the benefits of a dynamic university environment at the cutting edge of research and technology. The successful applicant will work as part of a small team within Swinburne institute at Swinburne University Hawthorn campus, in a friendly and flexible work environment. We encourage you to bring your innovative ideas and enthusiasm for open knowledge projects to help shape one of Australia’s most successful open access, not-for-profit research platforms and develop new services to improve universal access to quality research and information.

Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in product management, business and strategic planning for websites, digital libraries or information services
  • Digital project management experience, including understanding user needs and working with a range of stakeholders and team members
  • A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description.

Swinburne University of Technology has been promoted into the world’s top 500 universities in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities. As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.
To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/about/jobs/why-work-at-swinburne/ (link is external)

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne (link sends e-mail) Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision to be Australia’s leading university of science, technology and innovation.

How to apply