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Think tanks


A practical guide for establishing an evidence centre

Since 2013, Nesta and the Alliance for Useful Evidence have supported the development of more than eight evidence centres. This report draws on insight from their experience, published material and interviews with senior leaders from a range of evidence intermediaries.

Climate change adaptation and mitigation in Victorian drylands

The think tank brought together regional practitioners and national and international climate change adaptation researchers to identify regional challenges, knowledge needs and adaptation strategies.
Audio podcast

What is a think tank? The power to influence policy

In Australia, the think tank community is still growing and many Australians have yet to truly understand what a think tank does.

A history of future-thinking Initiatives in New Zealand 1936–2010

New Zealanders have always understood the need for long-term thinking. This report describes eighteen future-thinking initiatives since 1936, many of which were undertaken by groups in civil society. Given such a background, this report puts forward a number of lessons.
Discussion paper

The role of think tanks: a reply to the critics

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent. Summary Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically...
Conference paper

Digital curation of public policy resources: discovery, access and management for policy and practice

This paper discusses public policy and grey literature use and management and the work of Australian Policy Online (now Analysis & Policy Observatory) in developing its open access document and data digital library. It presents research on use, production and collection of policy publications and...

Securing our future in cyberspace

In the week of 15-19 February, the National Security College hosted a major cybersecurity conference – Securing our Future in Cyberspace – bringing together our international research program partners from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. To launch the conference, on 15 February 2016...

Information and research for policy and practice: survey of collection and information services dataset

This survey aimed to gather data that would help understand how information and research produced by organsations on public interest issues is discovered, selected, catalogued and collected by libraries and other collecting organisations and services.

Governance and public policy

A presentation to the Australia India Youth Dialogue discussing the role of think-tanks and other non-government bodies in public policy development.
Discussion paper

Where is the evidence? Realising the value of grey literature for public policy and practice

This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public policy and practice, particularly focusing on the benefits and challenges presented by grey literature. The authors argue that grey literature (i.e. material...