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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.
This paper explores common Australian family themes and their application in election campaigning and public policy during the 1980s.
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.
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.
This paper considers opportunities and issues associated with using individual-level data and citizen-based analytics.
This working paper aims to answer three questions: what is the social investment approach (and what is it not), how should it be applied and where would it be most productively applied?
The current New Zealand Government is following a “social investment” approach to...
This report describes New Zealand’s approach to managing the risks of genetic modification forty years on from its invention. It documents how government, Crown research institutes, industry and society responded to a new policy issue and makes recommendations as to the way forward.
This paper explores the New Zealand Government’s thinking around its Social Investment approach form the perspective of an experienced political journalist and commentator. It updates the author’s June 2015 Institute for Governance and Policy Studies working paper [James 2015] in the light of subsequent policy...
The $3.8 billion expansion of the New South Wales prison estate by 7000 beds represents a manifest and very expensive failure of public policy.
There are three reasons why this is so. First, the lack of evidence to support the expansion; second, because prisons...