Public policy


16 Aug 2018

Policymakers need empirical research, and a lot of researchers aspire to influence public policy, writes Stephen Easton.

Blog post

18 Jul 2018

How can policymakers go about crafting a compelling narrative? These five steps could help you capture citizens’ imagination.


10 Apr 2018

Governments are the main audience for economic modelling, largely because of their role in making investments on behalf of taxpayers. As such, the public service plays a key role in influencing the behaviour of economic modellers and consequently the quality of information modellers provide to...

Research report

30 Jan 2018

It is now taken for granted that trialling and testing inform medical practice. The What Works Centres that sit at the heart of the Network have begun to bring that same transformative approach to other public sector professions.

Journal article

17 Jan 2018

Concerns about non-use of evaluations have plagued the profession since it emerged in the 1960s to guide government decision-making about social policies and programs.

Journal article

8 Jan 2018

Publishing by organisations has proliferated in the digital era, becoming a key tool in influencing public debate and part of the evidence-base for public policy and practice, yet it is often overlooked as a form of scholarly publishing. This paper looks at the way organisations...


18 Dec 2017

Survey data on 155 organisations producing research and information for policy and practice. The survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research is produced and disseminated as grey literature for impact and influence on public interest issues.


18 Dec 2017

Dr Nicholas Gruen, Lateral Economics CEO, presents his views on the slow pace of change surrounding the greater adoption of the concept of evidence-based policy.


23 Nov 2017

The authors of the volume are a range of academics and past public servants from different jurisdictions, which allows previously hidden stories and processes of multi-level governance in Australia across different periods of government to be revealed and analysed for the first time.

Journal article

20 Jul 2017

This article argues that public policy processes in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Samoa have insufficiently addressed the context, problems and needs of societies to which policies have been directed.

Conference paper

27 Jun 2017

In the digital era grey literature has proliferated, and has become a key tool in influencing public debate and in providing an evidence-base for public policy and practice. Despite its ubiquity and influence, grey literature's role is often overlooked as a publishing phenomenon. This paper...

Policy report

19 Jun 2017

This paper considers opportunities and issues associated with using individual-level data and citizen-based analytics.

Journal article

8 May 2017

This article considers the process used by the New Zealand government for the creation of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.


1 May 2017

The Policy Project hosted a roundtable for senior officials with experts on co-production in government, Professor Tony Bovaird (Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham) and Dr Elke Loeffler (Chief Executive of the nonprofit Governance International).

The session was designed to understand what is...

Journal article

1 Apr 2017


In recent years, public agencies have frequently deployed behavioural insights to generate benefits for society, through encouraging citizens to comply with official requests, and more generally encouraging them to cooperate with public agencies to help deliver outcomes of collective benefit. In parallel,...


14 Mar 2017

The challenge of what to do about fake news reveals a paucity of policy and regulatory smarts across the wider digital economy.

The widespread debate about fake news and what to do about it exposes a large gap in Australia’s regulatory and policy machinery,...


15 Feb 2017

This tool has been designed to help policy practitioners articulate their policy skills profile. It can be used:

When applying for jobs To support conversations with your manager (or others) about your development and training needs and your policy career progression

Templates are provided...


15 Feb 2017

This tool has been designed for policy managers in the New Zealand public service.

It can be used for:

Planning: periodically diagnosing the skills make-up of your team and assessing any gaps and overlaps. Recruitment: as a reference menu to construct policy roles...


14 Feb 2017

This publication is the fifth in a series of Queensland political chronicles published by the TJ Ryan Foundation since 2012. Through a collection of themed chapters, the book’s authors provide an ‘overview’ assessment of the second year in office of the Palaszczuk Government in Queensland....



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