The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Social Policy section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on google analytics.
The most popular topic was asylum seekers, reflecting how prominent the issue has been in Australian politics. Other reports covered disability, disadvantage, young people, community welbeing, and homelessness.
1Asylum seekers and refugees: what are the facts? February 2013
Janet Phillips | Parliamentary Library
11 February 2013 | This updated background note presents information to help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues. It includes information on asylum claims, unauthorised arrivals and irregular migration in Australia and Europe.
2Making it work: a workforce guide for disability service providers
Carmel Laragy, Paul Ramcharan, Karen R. Fisher, Karen McCraw, Robbi Williams | Social Policy Research Centre
27 June 2013 | This guide provides strategies for disability service providers to draw upon when creating and sustaining a workforce of support workers to meet the aims of DisabilityCare Australia and implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
3Deep and persistent disadvantage in Australia
Rosalie McLachlan, Geoff Gilfillan, Jenny Gordon | Productivity Commission
11 July 2013 | This report finds that despite growing levels of prosperity over the last two decades, and the unemployment rate more than halving, there are concerns within the community that some Australians are being 'left behind'.
4Boat arrivals in Australia since 1976: July 2013 update
Janet Phillips, Harriet Spinks | Parliamentary Library
23 July 2013 | This paper provides a brief overview of the historical and political context surrounding boat arrivals in Australia since 1976.
5What makes you tweet? Young people's perspectives on the use of social media as an engagement tool
Jen Rose, Lisa Morstyn | Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
3 July 2013 | This report explores young people’s use of social media and perspectives about how government agencies and community organisations should use social media to communicate with them.
6Trends in the distribution of income in Australia
Jared Greenville, Clinton Pobke, Nikki Rogers | Productivity Commission
27 March 2013 | The paper examines the recent trends in Australia's individual and household income distributions, and the proximate factors that help explain aggregate trends, to provide a more detailed understanding of the composition of the income distribution
7Acting early, changing lives: how prevention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing
Tim Moore, Myfanwy McDonald | Benevolent Society
9 October 2013 | The Benevolent Society has released a report to mark its 200th Anniversary that sounds a serious warning about the wellbeing of Australia’s children, and unsustainable future costs to fix social problems which can be prevented by more investment in support for families during children's early years.
8Social innovation, public good: new approaches to public sector productivity
David Hetherington | Per Capita
28 October 2013 | This report argues that rather than outsourcing ever more public services, governments should introduce social impact bond models within the public sector.
9Top ten social policy research publications 2013
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18 December 2013 | The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Social Policy section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits.
10Community wellbeing indicators: measures for local government
Alan Morton, Lorell Edwards | Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government
13 May 2013 | This research was conducted in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland to support a Community Wellbeing Indicators Survey template, and discusses how local government might take a consistent approach to measuring the wellbeing of their communities.