What is the question, exactly?

Subho Banerjee, Research Program Director, ANZSOG Successful collaboration between practitioners and academics can play a critical role in strengthening the evidence base for public policy decision-making. Yet it remains a rarity to see it done in a manner which is genuinely satisfying for both sides, and which generates real impact in the public policy process. … Continue reading What is the question, exactly?

Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit

Report: Public problems are increasingly complex, requiring coordinated solutions across many actors and public involvement to collect the necessary data, define the problems, and work together on solutions. This report from ANZSOG builds on surveys across the public sector to build a picture of the state of innovation and views towards entrepreneurial approaches to problem … Continue reading Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit

The challenge of sound public policy

Speech transcript: In this speech delivered at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy in 2019, 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. This speech was part of the launch of … Continue reading The challenge of sound public policy

How to influence policy making in a political world

Slides: These slides were presented by Quentin Grafton at the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub's Policy Masterclass on 7 November 2019, How to influence policy making in a political world. The Masterclass included presentations and a Q&A with: Danielle Donegan (Branch Manager, Tertiary Policy, Department of Education)Quentin Grafton (Professor of Economics, ANU)Nick Hartland (First … Continue reading How to influence policy making in a political world

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

ISRIA statement: ten-point guidelines for an effective process of research impact assessment

Journal article: This statement systematises expert knowledge and practitioner experience from designing and delivering the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA). It brings together insights from over 450 experts and practitioners from 34 countries, who participated in the school during its 5-year run (from 2013 to 2017) and shares a set of core values … Continue reading ISRIA statement: ten-point guidelines for an effective process of research impact assessment

Making an impact with research: How to engage critically with well-meaning advice

Blog post Paul Cairney and Kathryn Oliver present thoughts and guidance, based on their review of advice frequently offered to academics about how to use research to make an impact on policy. They focus on the relative lack of specific advice, and advice tailored to early career researchers, female researchers, and people of colour. click … Continue reading Making an impact with research: How to engage critically with well-meaning advice

Key issues in co-creation with stakeholders when research problems are complex

Journal article The extensive literature on research co-creation is mostly based on problems being treated as clearly defined and solvable. Gabriele Bammer explores the impact on co-creation when problems are complex. click here to read