Policy and program review 

The Policy cluster takes in work in all other clusters. All research in the Institute seeks to contribute directly or indirectly to understanding, informing and influencing policy. Much of this is applied and problem-oriented and aimed at evaluating the effectiveness, affordability and viability of policies.

One of the strengths of the Institute is to provide research as an evidence base for informed decision-making around policy. For good governance and effective use of limited resources, it is essential to have an evidence-based approach. But high quality research is not sufficient for sound policy. Researchers in the institute also examine how governments use evidence and what enables or limits the use of research by policymakers.

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

Resolving Complex Policy Problems – the role of social science

This project will show how social science research can enhance policy decision-making on complex social issues. Factors which help or hinder productive use of social research will be identified, and models for improving these relationships will be examined. The project investigates complex case-... Read more

Utilisation of Social Science Research

Academics lament that policy-makers ignore their research, while policy decision-makers argue that academic research is largely irrelevant to their needs. This project aims to reconcile these two positions by investigating social science research utilisation within public sector agencies.... Read more

Sustainable Regions Research (CRN, SCU collaboration)

This multidisciplinary Collaborative Research Network (CRN) project will build research capacity in several areas of emerging research strength at Southern Cross University (SCU) relevant to policy and planning research for sustainable regions. This includes policy and planning research... Read more

Government Agencies use of Evidence

This proposal seeks to scope the essential underlying issues involved in the question: 'How do government agencies at different levels use evidence in making decisions and how effective is their decision making and use of evidence?’ The research literature concerning this complex multi... Read more

Collaboration and Environmental Policy

By examining the nature and effectiveness of Australia's first major experiments with collaborative governance arrangements, in regional environmental management, the project will develop a new framework to analyse complex or wicked policy problems.

Collective Agreements & Social Security in Comparative Perspective

The current research focuses on an extension of recent studies (e.g. Trampusch 2006, Yerkes 2011) into the role of industrial relations actors in welfare state policy by looking at the interplay of social security policy and industrial relations in comparative context. The study takes the Dutch... Read more

Paid Parental Leave Evaluation

This project is an evaluation of the Australian government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme which commenced on January 1, 2011. The evaluation, which began in 2010, was commissioned by the then Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (now the Department of... Read more

Dad and Partner Pay Evaluation

The project is an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Dad and Partner Pay (DaPP) scheme. DaPP aims to create new opportunities for fathers and partners to bond with their newborn child, and allow them to take a larger share of caring responsibilities for their newborn children. The... Read more

Pathways out of Homelessness for Rough Sleepers

A central aim of the Australian Governmen't homeless initiatives and the National Partnership Agreements on homelessness is to offer supported accommodation to all rough sleepers who need it by 2020. In order to advance this objective, programs are being introduced in all major capital... Read more

Assessing the Impact of Project STOP on Methamphetamine-Related Harm Indicators

Project STOP is a decision making tool for pharmacists aimed at preventing the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based medications for illicit production of methamphetamine.  Project STOP is an online real time system with 98% of all pharmacies in Queensland participating. It provides... Read more

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