Michele Ferguson

Journal article

Prevalence of advance care directives in the community: a telephone survey of three Australian states

Abstract: Background: The community prevalence of advance care directives (ACDs) is low despite known benefits of advance care planning for patients, families and health professionals. Aim: To determine the community prevalence of instructional and appointing ACDs in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and factors...
Book review

The research impact agenda: defining, demonstrating and defending the value of the social sciences

There are sound moral, ethical and financial arguments that publicly-funded researchers should use their training and activities for the good of society. However, are governments’ attempts to measure whether researchers working for the good—having an ‘impact’—so well-founded? Narrow, simplistic concepts of academic and external impact...
Conference paper

Social sciences: understanding policy impacts - background paper

Social science knowledge about human behavior and institutions underpins many of the notable advances in economic growth, technological innovation, health, education, good governance, and quality of life. This knowledge also helps us understand why public policy sometimes fails to improve our situation. Yet much of...

The value and character of political science: report on the member's survey, September 2014

In the lead-up to the 2014 APSA Conference, the APSA Executive agreed to a proposal by the president, Brian Head, to conduct a rapid survey of members’ opinions on the nature and future of political science. Background