This report addresses the problem that policymaking in Australia is falling short of best practice. Policies are often built 'on the run', as quick reactions to the political issue of the day, designed to capture the interest of the 24-hour news cycle or motivated by...
This report argues that Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policymaking. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on faith in public institutions.
Towards the end of its long term in office, the Labor-led Government of South Australia (2002–2018) embraced Mark Moore’s public value characterization of government’s role in society. This article reviews that unique effort to promote public value across the whole of government, in policy design...
The European Parliament's record of taking a tough stance on human rights conditionality in past trade negotiations is mixed, argue the authors of this article.
The advice and information in this toolkit is drawn from the wisdom and experiences of parliamentarians and advocates. This is a collection of practical tips and policy building advice that will help you shape policy for the better.
This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour.
This guide draws on the observations and learnings of Nesta's Inclusive Innovation team, exploring why public involvement is essential and sharing seven key principles that could form the basis of a new model of public engagement in decision-making about research, technology and innovation.
In most established democracies, there is a desire to combine policymaking with evidence, earning a notch of legitimacy for policy and research alike. The use of evidence in policymaking is a good idea, but like many good ideas it is more complicated in practice than...
If citizens have open access to data and can shape policy will they have more faith in government and the law?
Policymakers need empirical research, and a lot of researchers aspire to influence public policy, writes Stephen Easton.
How can policymakers go about crafting a compelling narrative? These five steps could help you capture citizens’ imagination.
This paper draws on the available literature and the authors' own experiences working in the environmental sciences to provide an accessible resource for early career researchers (ECRs) seeking to achieve policy impact in their chosen field.
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...
An overview of key AI concepts, their cross-cutting policy implications, and potential applications to government services and operations.
Prepared as background reading participants at the March 2018 AI + Public Policy conference, this report explores the origins of AI, AI’s present-day capabilities, the challenges...
This resource scores 94 government policies produced by 12 departments, to assess how transparent they were about the evidence behind the policy.
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.
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...
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.
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.