The RMIT ABC Fact Check determines the accuracy of claims by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in public debate. This collection provides an archive for all RMIT ABC Fact Checks.
The missing link: Incorporating policy reports into the free knowledge ecosystem project aims to improve the presence of valuable policy and research material, and coverage of important policy issues, in Wikimedia. The policy and research reports within this Repository will be uploaded to Wikidata to...
Menu of evidence: children and family services
The Menu of Evidence (the Menu) is an online portal and searchable repository of the best available evidence on what works for improving outcomes for children, young people, families, and carers.
Australian government guide to Policy Impact Analysis
This guide helps policy-makers reflect on how policy and regulation can affect people, businesses and community, as well as its broader economic and competition impacts. The Australian government’s rigorous approach to policy-making seeks to ensure that the costs and benefits of new policy are understood...
45 and Up COVID Insights: a dynamic and collaborative approach to evidence-making during the COVID-19 pandemic
Catherine D’Este, Julia Steinberg, Marianne Weber, Jill Newby, Ding Ding, Bette Liu, Barry Edwards, Andrew Milat, Martin McNamara
This journal article describes a research project that was developed to generate timely, relevant evidence in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to guide policy, practice and planning in New South Wales.
Policy futures: a reform agenda
It is intended that this publication will serve to increase the accessibility of valuable evidence and experiences to policy-makers within Australia. The University of Queensland and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust also hope that it will encourage more partnership approaches toward developing public policy that...
Increasing research evidence translation and utilisation to improve population health outcomes
Responding to calls for increased evidence-informed public health and increased impacts from research, the aims of this policy evidence brief are to present the main barriers to research evidence translation and utilisation in public health, and explore strategies that can address these barriers.
Evidence-based policy research project 2022
Blueprint Institute worked with Per Capita as part of the Evidence-Based Policy Research Project's 2022 iteration. This analysis used the Wiltshire Criteria to assess the evidence base for 20 federal and state bills.
Evidence based policy analysis: 20 case studies
The aim of this project is to coax more evidence-based policy decisions by all tiers of government by reviewing and rating 20 high profile government decisions against the Wiltshire business case criteria. The 2022 report is the fifth in the series. For the first time...
How big data can be a force for good
Over the last decade, Stats NZ has developed a powerful tool for policy-makers and researchers alike. Known as the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), it draws upon data from across the government and contains de-identified information for people living in New Zealand. In this paper, the...
Eyes on evidence III: an assessment of the transparency of evidence usage across provincial policy announcements
Transparency is a prerequisite to enabling evidence-informed decision-making. In this study, the authors apply a transparency framework to assess the transparency of evidence usage in provincial policies issued by the governments of Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and compare transparency in policy-making across the Canadian...
Pathways to impact in the pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of research – while it has increased the demand for evidence to inform decision-making, it has further disrupted both the policy-influencing and engagement activities that would usually accompany such research. This report is based on an analysis of...
Science for policy: the role of science in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management
This project investigated the role of science in the policy-making process in order to deepen understanding of the science-policy interface and the ways in which the scientific basis underpinning policy might be strengthened to better support good environmental decision-making.
Who cares about using education research in policy and practice?
The OECD has launched the 'Strengthening the Impact of Education Research' project. This publication reports on the first phase of the project. It maps the various structures, processes, actors and relationships that reinforce the quality, production and use of education research in policy and practice.
What is the value of data? A review of empirical methods
The widespread availability of data and analytics has extended into the public sector and policy-making. This policy brief summarises the various methods being used in practice to value datasets and how they compare.
Reframing childhood: final report of the Childhood Policy Programme
This report sets out seven, evidence-informed principles for those working in the policy ecosystem. The authors hope that these principles, which are not set in stone, will prompt discussion and debate on childhood policy, including the way children are conceptualised in policy and the role...
Evidence-informed decision-making in Canada: how a grassroots movement restored respect for science - a case study
Evidence for Democracy believes that Canadian scientists and the public played a significant role in pushing for the return of science-informed decisions in the federal government. In other words, grassroots advocacy and organising created real change, and influenced the shift toward evidence-informed decision making.
Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework: baseline indicator data for Australians aged 18-64 years
Highlighting gaps and limitations in national data related to people with disability, this report presents the first national data using the Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and Indicators developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Building mentally healthy futures: Australian youth recovery plan
This policy paper focuses on actionable, evidence-based steps a newly elected federal government can take to address the current youth mental health crisis.
Work, care and family policies: federal election benchmarks 2022
In the lead up to the 2022 federal election, the Roundtable proposes a set of research-informed policy benchmarks against which election proposals for improving work, care and family outcomes in Australia can be assessed.
Dam bad ideas – the lack of economic evidence for dam building in Australia
This paper argues that while dams have come to perform an important symbolic function in Australian politics, there is no evidence that their economic function is proportionate to their cost.
Lessons learned from E4D’s Science to Policy Accelerator
In February and March 2022, Evidence for Democracy hosted 25 early-career researchers for their inaugural Science to Policy Accelerator program. This article outlines some of the program’s key takeaways about public policy, and how scientists and researchers can contribute to the science policy ecosystem in...
Evidence is a policymaker’s biggest weapon
Researchers have a responsibility to link their work to the issues facing the world – to provide general insight, but also to help policy-makers evaluate how best to solve them, Jacquelyn Zhang writes.
Eyes on evidence II: an assessment of the transparency of evidence usage in the Government of Canada
Policy-making is a complex and nuanced process, where policy actors must make sense of constantly evolving information in order to deliver policies that best serve the needs of the people. In this study, the authors apply a framework to assess the transparency of evidence use...
Big data for Australian social policy: developments, benefits and risks
This edited volume reports on the findings of a three-year ARC-funded project examining the application and use of big data, data linkage and related technologies in social policy.