This briefing paper teases out the challenges and opportunities around co-producing evidence appropriate to participatory social policy and practice, and increasing people’s control within communities and services.
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...
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.
Governments aren’t doing the research needed to underpin rigorous policy development, worries Grattan Institute CEO, John Daley.
Influencing policy making can be more a matter of influencing outside organisations than influencing the government.
How do we define policy and policy makers? Political scientists have debated this question, which can be quite complicated. Thomas Dye gave the most commonly assumed definition of...
This review synthesises empirical and theoretical studies about groups engaging with highly technical information and applying clear and efficient processes that take into account diversity of membership in order to make collective decisions.
This report argues that Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policymaking. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on faith in public institutions.
This report addresses the problem that policymaking in Australia is falling short of best practice. 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...
In most established democracies, there is a desire to combine policymaking with evidence, earning a notch of legitimacy for policy and research alike. The use of evidence in policymaking is a good idea, but like many good ideas it is more complicated in practice than...
Policymakers need empirical research, and a lot of researchers aspire to influence public policy, writes Stephen Easton.
Billions of taxpayer dollars are committed before all the evidence for, and against, infrastructure projects is in, and basic rules of economic modelling are broken.
There is an accepted need to bridge the gap between academic research and public policy. Knowledge brokers, individuals or organisations sympathetic to both research and policymaking cultures and able to mediate between the two, represent one way of doing so.
Think-tanks and their researchers are located within an interstitial and ill-defined ‘space between fields’; a space both constituted and divided by the worlds of academia, politics, journalism and business. Drawing on interviews with think-tank researchers, this paper explores how these interstitial intellectuals produce policy reports....
This research article aims to measure the extent to which a range of tools and systems to support research use were available within six Australian agencies with a role in health policy, and examine whether this was related to the extent of engagement with, and...
It is now taken for granted that trialling and testing inform medical practice. The What Works Centres that sit at the heart of the Network have begun to bring that same transformative approach to other public sector professions.
Dr Nicholas Gruen, Lateral Economics CEO, presents his views on the slow pace of change surrounding the greater adoption of the concept of evidence-based policy.
To produce evidence with ‘impact’, and know how to ‘make evidence count’, we need to understand the policy process and how evidence is produced and used in a complex system.
This Policy Brief outlines a decision-making framework that recognises the importance of the relationship between service providers and clients, and the need for evidence-based interventions to be aligned with client needs, priorities and values.