Stocktake of Australian Innovation Precincts

Report: This February 2019 report from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science presents a holistic look at active, emerging and planned innovation centres, hubs and precincts across Australia, encompassing a wide variety of focus sectors and disciplines. click here to read the report

What’s so wicked about wicked problems?

Media Article: For The Mandarin, Maria Katsonis briefly summarises a Policy and Society paper by B Guy Peters (University of Pittsburgh). The article draws on key arguments about the high level of use, or abuse, of the concept of wicked problems in a policy context. click here to read

Building a culture of research impact

Blog post Louise Shaxson writes for the London School of Economics and Political Science that developing a culture of engagement and collaboration is just as important to achieving research impact as following best practice, and presents five principles that underpin an effective research impact culture. click here to read article

Building informal knowledge‐sharing relationships between policy makers and academics: Insights from a PM&C engagement project

Journal Article Annette Quayle and Bernadette Kelly outline a project to encourage knowledge sharing and engagement between academics and a policy team within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The project was designed to enhance policy advice by drawing on a group of academics outside the policy ranks to act as a sounding … Continue reading Building informal knowledge‐sharing relationships between policy makers and academics: Insights from a PM&C engagement project

The New Practice of Public Problem Solving

Media article A new class of innovators is advancing the public good by figuring out what people actually need and then testing, improving, and scaling solutions that may already be out there. Tara McGuinness and Anne-Marie Slaughter present the four elements of their method. click here for article

Knowledge sharing between policy makers and academics

Media article Maria Katsonis writes in The Mandarin summarising research from Queensland University of Technology and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet which identifies various barriers from various perspectives to including academic expertise in policy-making. Various possible solutions are then offered. click here to read article

Six strategies to ensure policies are backed by evidence

Blog post Danielle Campbell and Gabriel Moore present six evidence-based strategies for ensuring policies are informed by relevant research in the I2 Insights blog. Their research focus is on health policy, but their findings do have broader applications. click here to read full text

Australia to 2050: future challenges

Report An intergenerational overview, produced by the Attorney-General's Department, of the challenges arising in Australia around a changing economy, population, environment and labour market. click here for full text