The main objective of this rapid systematic review is to provide an international literature review of best practice techniques for urban cooling for the major climate zones in Australia.
Policies are often built ‘on the run’ as quick reactions to the political issue of the day, designed to capture the interest of the 24-hour news cycle or motivated by short-term political advantage. This report addresses the problem that policymaking in Australia is falling short...
Identification of leading practices in ensuring evidence-based regulation of farm practices that impact water quality outcomes in the Great Barrier Reef
This report recommends the Australian and Queensland governments' commission additional research into the impact of the horticulture and banana industries on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment regions.
This paper argues that Australian governments would be better at policy reform if they prioritised their agenda better. The report suggests that governments should look for the reforms that will make more of a difference while minimising the political cost. This means assessing both the...
This report analyses the skills and capacities governments need to strengthen evidence-informed policy-making (EIPM) and identifies a range of possible interventions that are available to foster greater uptake of evidence.
Assisted dying and evidence-based law-making: a critical analysis of an article’s role in New Zealand’s referendum
Aim: To critically analyse the reliability of an article which claims to be evidence that the End of Life Choice Act 2019 provides a “potential hotspot for family, community and social discord that may not be easily remedied” should the legislation receive public support in...
Beyond “prevention is better than cure”: understanding prevention and early intervention as an approach to public policy
This paper draws on insights from the policy making literature to identify key themes that support the development of prevention and early intervention as an approach to public policy.
While many governments already do rely on public health experts for advice and public messaging in health policy-making, studies such as this one provide experimentally validated evidence for the efficacy of involving trusted sources in health policy development, as well as public communication about health-saving...
Increased risk taking, not loss tolerance, drives adolescents’ propensity to gamble more under peer observation
In the presence of peers, adolescents’ relative weighting of losses to gains (loss aversion) increases. This is good news for policy, suggesting that appealing to loss aversion should be especially effective at reducing harmful adolescent behaviours committed in the presence of peers.
This paper provides a structured overview of the existing parenting literature, with the aim of developing an evidence-based and culture-sensitive framework of parenting and its influence on child development.