The Impact Library is a collection of resources curated by the ANU Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub, refreshed monthly. Find useful resources from a range of leading public policy voices around Australia and the world. For more information about how The Hub can help you build skills in making your academic work have impact in public policy discourse, click here.

Quarterly Article

Evidence and policy

Ten simple insights from Kat Smith and Paul Cairney synthesising the relationship between evidence and policy, with an introduction from Sean Innis.

Latest resources

Policy Impact Masterclass: May 2020 recording

LISTEN to our recent policy impact masterclass with Prof Jane Golley and Prof Nicholas Biddle.
Our Masterclass series endeavours to provide practical advice for researchers about how to engage with policy-makers as well as provide researchers with the opportunity to ask questions on how best to engage with the policy-making world.

How to engage with policy makers: A guide for academics in the arts and humanities

A guide from the UK’s Institute for Government, and the AHRC, bringing together some of the learning from their six year programme Engaging with Government – framed in the light post-COVID-19 world, where the questions now being asked about the role of the state and the future of the economy have heightened the need for new ideas, new insights and new evidence.

Policy Impact Masterclass: August 2020 with CBA

WATCH our recent bespoke masterclass for the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis, which was held via Zoom on 26 August 2020 for researchers from CSIRO, ANU and University of Canberra, with panelists Rosie Cooney from ACT Government, Prof Jamie Pittock from Fenner School, and Hon Assoc Prof Peter Burnett.
The panel shared their expertise on the policy environment and discussed how researchers can maximise their research impact through meaningful engagements with key policy makers in the biodiversity and policy environment space.

Ten ways to optimize evidence-based policy

Peter Bragge presents ten considerations for optimising evidence-based policy, drawn from experience in delivering applied behavior change research to government in Future Medicine.

A framework to evaluate the impacts of research on policy and practice

Laura Meagher and David Edwards write for Integration and Implementation Insights about an evaluation framework they have developed and tested in the UK which addresses a number or common and reasonable questions about what impact actually is, whether it is meaningful, and how to proceed in the future.

The challenge of sound public policy

Sally Moyle reflects on the challenges facing the public service in delivering sound public policy, and how the academic community can rise to the vision of former Chancellor, Sir John Crawford.

A note from the Director

Welcome to the Impact Library. 

The Library is designed for the ANU academic community. Within it are valuable insights and tips on how to maximise the contribution you make to public policy. The design of the Library recognises that there is no single or simple path to policy impact. As a consequence, we have brought together thinking on policy impact from a variety of people and sources, to help you decide what might work for you. The Library will be a living resource, updated regularly, with new insights from a variety of experts. 

A key feature of the Library will be the ability for you to connect to experts who have deep experience in bringing the academic and policy worlds together.

ANU has a proud tradition of contributing positively to policy making here and overseas. The Impact Library will help us continue and build on that tradition.

Sean Innis
Director, Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub

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