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.

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

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