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Aims:
  • To show how social science research can be used to tackle complex policy problems facing government agencies.
  • Identify how the connections between social research and public policy-making can be strengthened.
  • Increase the policy impacts of good research in government decision-making in Australia and internationally.

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-studies to develop richer explanations of how social research findings could be more fully utilised in resolving complex policy problems.

The project builds on international research to provide a deeper understanding of the direct and indirect impacts of social research in policymaking. It will develop new approaches to how social science researchers demonstrate ‘value’ and benefits to government and other partners.

Project Value: 
$999 000.00
Funding: 
ARC Discovery
Date: 
2014
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Ms Michele Ferguson (mc.ferguson@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • To show how social science research can be used to tackle complex policy problems facing government agencies.
  • Identify how the connections between social research and public policy-making can be strengthened.
  • Increase the policy impacts of good research in government decision-making in Australia and internationally.
Publications and Reports: 

Head, B. and Ferguson, M. (2016) Submission to the Australian Research Council: ARC engagement and impact assessment consultation paper. 24 June 2016.

Head, B.W. (2015) 'Toward more "evidence-informed" policy making?', Public Administration Review, 76(3): 472-484. doi: 10.1111/puar.12475.

Head, B and Ferguson, M. (2015) 'Do public officials believe in evidence-informed policy?', International Research Society for Public Management Conference.

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Program/Affiliation: 
Number: 
ISSR050579