They are highly effective at exposing wrongdoing, but do they influence policy development? A two-stage approach might be more effective, say the authors.
This paper explores the processes of environmental change at a global and national level and consequences for societies and economies. It supports education in the economic, social and political sciences by informing the public of the state of environmental change, the growing impacts around the...
This paper argues that innovative policy, new technology, faster adaptation and ways to build public support are all needed to manage climate-change risks, which will be critically important to Canada for decades to come.
This paper considers the structural changes to food production, transport, manufacturing and consumption that Brexit will bring about in the UK. It discusses the potential for reformulating food policy.
The Policy Skills Framework (PSF) is a common description of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the modern policy professional. This framework outlines the mix of skills policy practitioners need, allowing for varying levels of experience in each component (from developing to expert/leading), acknowledging...
The 12 papers in the 'Canada Next' series have been written to inform policy makers about how best to respond to the intense challenges of the era, including geopolitical transformation, the sweeping innovations of the digital age, the impacts on work sparked by artificial intelligence...
This report report makes the case for the need to create a community of practitioners invested in exploring and building the nascent field of public interest technology. Interviews with academics and practitioners identified that a key barrier to growing the field was a lack of...
The overall aim of this work was to inform parliaments, and in particular parliamentary committees, of the strategies that could be developed to better engage CALD communities in the work of future parliamentary inquiries.
This report argues that public policy on homelessness is based on flawed definitions that artificially inflate the figures, making public housing policy ineffective, adding to taxpayers' bills, and failing to assist 'chronic rough sleepers'.
Random-controlled testing is widely accepted in medicine, and yet voters are not convinced this would be a good approach to testing out government policy before it is implemented.
The New Zealand Treasury developed the Living Standards Framework (LSF) dashboard, a practical set of meaningful current and future wellbeing indicators, to inform its policy advice. We are making the LSF dashboard publicly available so that others can see some of the work that assists...
This paper sets out to measure and reflect the wellbeing of New Zealanders across different areas of their lives, as expressed in the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework.
APS review panel member and Coca-Cola Amatil Australia chief, Alison Watkins, reveals her observations of the public service and dwells on the role of business in contributing to the reform debate.
This paper provides a summary of an online survey experiment that tested the level of support, and factors associated with support, for policy trials, and RCTs in particular. The research found that about half the population supported a trial for a (hypothetical) policy intervention, as...
Few within government would deny that evidence-based policy-making is important to achieving good outcomes. Australia’s history provides ample support for that. But it is also apparent that practice over the past decade has fallen short of the ideals espoused.
Workplace inequality remains a challenge for diversity and inclusion in New Zealand. So what role can public policy and the state sector play to promote and encourage positive change?
Governments aren’t doing the research needed to underpin rigorous policy development, worries Grattan Institute CEO, John Daley.
This report presents findings from the first ever quantitative survey on kindness in communities and public services. The data reveals a reassuring and yet complex picture of kindness in the UK and Ireland, with generally high levels of kindness reported, but at the same time...
Australia needs to fundamentally reframe its policy approach. Ad hoc and set-and-forget approaches to policy will not deliver what we need in the future.
This report adds significantly to previous work by the Carnegie UK Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation that uncovered powerful examples of where kindness and everyday relationships can affect change and support the wellbeing of individuals and communities.