Assisting first homebuyers: an international policy review
This research reviews first homebuyer assistance programs in Australia and seven comparator countries: Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore and the UK.
COVID-19: housing market impacts and housing policy responses - an international review
Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, this report analyses pandemic impacts on housing systems across a range of high income countries during this period, and documents a range of policy responses relating to housing and homelessness.
Coronavirus and unemployment
The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job losses across most advanced economies. This paper compares the experiences of five countries that illustrate how different policy decisions have been associated with different labour market outcomes, setting up very different future challenges.
Case study in the application of the Last Planner System
The purpose of this paper is to identify the perceived benefits and challenges in the application of the Last Planner® System (LPS) in an Irish context. Five key perceived benefits of LPS were identified including; Improved planning accuracy, Real time control, Proactive control, Engagement, and...
The impact of inequalities in the early years on outcomes over the life course
This report draws together research from international academics and policy-makers on the impact of childhood inequalities on life outcomes across a broad range of topics including education, crime and well-being.
Quantifying kindness, public engagement and place: experiences of people in the UK and Ireland
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...
Inquiry into the future of the private rental sector
This study focused on the Australian private rental sector including formal rules (policies and regulation); organisations and structures; and informal rules (social norms and practices), and reviewed the sector in ten countries.
Investment for sustainable transport: transport investment and carbon emissions in four Anglophone countries
This report argues that while emissions from transport have historically risen with economic growth, modal shift away from motor vehicle travel, a reduction in trips and trip lengths, and increased energy efficiency offer pathways for emission reductions.
Bearing witness to the 'pain of others': researching power, violence and resistance in a women's prison
Addressing the dynamics of interpersonal violence, institutionalised abuses and prisoner isolation, this article consolidates critical analyses as challenges to the essentially liberal constructions and interpretations of prisoner agency and penal reformism. Grounded in long term research with women in prison in the North of Ireland...
Evidence check: healthcare performance reporting bodies
This Evidence Check review examined organisations that have a key role in healthcare performance measurement and reporting across developed economies. A total of 34 organisations from 12 countries were included in the analysis, with the aim of identifying trends in terms of mandates, functions, structure...
The ways of the world: implications of political donations for the integrity of planning systems
Introduction: Money for nothing? For some years the heavy reliance of both major Australian political parties on developer donations has been known 1. One developer (Jeff McCloy) memorably told the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC, 2014b. p.5328T) he felt like a “walking ATM”. This...
Energy, fuels and environmental policies relevant to algae production and use in NW Europe
This report could be a reference for making policies that support the commercialisation of energetic algae concepts (micro and macro algae). Algae were acknowledged in many national strategies (see Germany, Netherlands, Ireland,) as an important biomass resource for biobased economy, although there was some confusion...
Domestic content policies in the broadband age: a four country analysis
Broadcasters in a number of nations and regions operate under content regulatory schemes designed to serve cultural and economic purposes. Most of these policies were put into place during the age of terrestrial broadcasting in which national policymakers could tightly control the availability of content...
The role of the supply chain in the elimination and reduction of construction rework and defects: an action research approach
Since 2007, Ireland has suffered a circa 80% reduction in construction output. This has resulted in bankruptcy, unemployment and bad debt. Contractors have attached greater emphasis to production efficiency and cost reduction as a means of survival. An action research (AR) strategy was used to...
Now we are six: lessons from New Zealand’s KiwiSaver
New Zealand’s KiwiSaver was introduced on 1 July 2007. New Zealand’s success with the ‘soft compulsion’ of automatic enrolment has been and is continuing to be an influence in the design of opt-out schemes in the UK and Ireland. While there have been numerous changes...
Secure occupancy in rental housing: conceptual foundations and comparative perspectives
This report is concerned with the nature of housing occupancy for households that rent, particularly low-income and vulnerable households.
A review of school textbooks for project maths
The Department of Education and Skills asked the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL) to review the current mathematics textbooks available for schools for Project Maths, and evaluate them using a version of the TIMSS framework already in use...