Enhancing long-term governance: Parliament’s vital oversight role
This article explores how the New Zealand Parliament scrutinises the quality of long-term governance and considers how such scrutiny could be made more systematic, proactive and rigorous.
This Collection includes many reports that were released before the digital age and provides background information on major issues for which the key documents had been either unavailable or inaccessible. The Collection was initially established as a partnership with the National Library of Australia.
The Whitlam policy collection brings together landmark research reports, supplemented with audio, video, articles, literature reviews, essays and transcripts produced by The Whitlam Institute since 2008.
This Collection contains policy research, grey literature, journal articles and other content related to New Zealand, or published by New Zealand authors and organisations. The collection was established in March 2016 by the School of Government, at Victoria University of Wellington. It was further supported...
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...
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.
Machine learning in public policy: the perils and the promise of interpretability
Machine learning (ML) can have a significant impact on public policy by modelling complex relationships and augmenting human decision-making. In this report, the authors give an overview of ML and discuss the importance of its interpretability.
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...
Good practice principles for ethical behavioural science in public policy
Like any policy-making tool, the use of behavioural insights must be subject to ethical considerations that can arise at any point from scoping to policy scaling. This good practice guide offers practitioners and policy-makers step-by-step guidance to prompt deliberations into how to use behavioural science...
Improving innovation indicators: better data to track innovation in Australia
Running from May 2018 to the end of 2019, the Innovation Metrics Review aimed to improve innovation measurement by the government to support better decision-making. This report outlines the findings.
OECD guidelines for citizen participation processes
These guidelines walk the reader through ten steps to design, plan and implement a citizen participation process, and details seven different methods that can be used to involve citizens in policy-making. To illustrate these methods, the OECD gathered good practice examples through an open call.
Redefining progress: global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing
Looking at 21 global approaches to wellbeing over the past 50 years, this report identifies four key characteristics of advanced wellbeing approaches to guide an Australia’s wellbeing journey.
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.
Our plan for a better future for all Australians: Labor’s policies
This webpage provides access to a range of policy initiatives that the ALP is taking to the 2022 federal election.
The Nationals: getting it done for regional Australia
This webpage provides access to a range of policy initiatives that the Nationals are taking to the 2022 federal election.
Liberal Party of Australia: our plan
This webpage provides access to a range of policy initiatives that the Liberal Party is taking to the 2022 federal election.
Innovative capacity of governments: a systemic framework
Public sector innovation is about finding new and better ways to achieve positive public outcomes. To assist governments in achieving this this, the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) developed the 'Innovative Capacity Framework.'
The gravitational state: making democracy work
While there is such a thing as society, it doesn’t happen by accident. Increasingly, the state needs to take a leading role in building and shaping it – we need a 'gravitational state' that pulls people together into a society. This paper is the last...
The humble policy maker: making democracy work
This paper looks at what’s wrong with politics and policy-making - why the basic way we make decisions is undermining our ability to navigate this age of exponential change.
Living in the exponential age: making democracy work
The more divergence between the interests of different groups within society, the harder it is to sustain consensual policy making within a democratic society. This paper looks at the vast scope of the change we are living through, and the way in which that change...
Public policy engagement guide: a toolbox for UWA researchers
This guide is designed to break down what research engagement and impact are in practice, offering core advice on how to sharpen your appeal, setting out different ways in which you can get going, and describing what the constituent parts of government are and do.
Making democracy work
From technological trends changing the way we interact and the way our markets work, to why the state needs to find a new role to hold together the societies of the twenty-first century, this paper has a relatively simple goal - to explain why any...
Funding for public research into foreign policy issues
For the purposes of this inquiry, the Committee accepted a broad definition of both foreign policy, and foreign policy research, in order to explore all the evidence provided. This inquiry report primarily explores the role of government funding of foreign policy research and analysis.
Voluntary assisted dying research: a policy briefing
This briefing summarises research about voluntary assisted dying (VAD) conducted by Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott (with colleagues).
Public inquiries as procedural policy tools
In this journal article, the authors conceptualise the public inquiry as a procedural tool and address the question of what makes a public inquiry an effective policy instrument.