Evidence based policy research project: 20 case studies 2019

A report commissioned by the Evidence Based Policy Research Project and facilitated by the newDemocracy Foundation
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This report is part of the Evidence Based Policy Analysis Project, administered by the newDemocracy Foundation, and now in its second year.

Per Capita was commissioned, alongside the Institute of Public Affairs, to provide analysis of a number of Australian policies introduced at a state and federal level over the two years from July 2017 to June 2019.

Through this annual project, the newDemocracy Foundation commissions two think tanks with different ideological leanings – Per Capita and the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – to repeat the analysis, ranking 20 recent high profile policies (eight federal, and four from each of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland) against the Wiltshire criteria.

For a policy to meet the Wiltshire criteria, it needs to score more than 5 out of 10. Of the 20 policies we analysed, we found 9 had met the Wiltshire criteria, while 11 failed. This shows that although there is high quality policymaking in Australia, especially at the state level, policymaking still often falls short of the best practice the public should expect. Unlike last year, when all of the Victorian state government policies met the Wiltshire criteria, no government achieved a full pass rate in the 2019 assessment.

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