The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has a broad interest in policy-relevant applied research. All our Research Programs contribute directly or indirectly to understanding and influencing policies and programs.

The Policy Analysis Program, led by Professor Brian Head, undertakes research in public policy and management and program evaluation.  It contributes to several important national research networks including the Centre for Research Excellence in Evidence-Based Mental Health Planning.

The policy analysis and evaluation perspectives of Institute research ask questions about whether policies and programs are effective, affordable and best-value.

We also address the good governance aspects of decision-making by public agencies, including issues of performance, accountability and integrity. The quality of decision-making is also a focus through our studies of how research findings are utilised in public decision-making.

Researchers in the Institute are actively involved in analysing a large range of policy areas and issues, such as:

  • Poverty and social disadvantage
  • Housing
  • Health and aged care
  • Indigenous services
  • Children and families
  • Education and workforce
  • Security and justice
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Evidence-bases for decision-making
  • Relationship between research and decision-making