ISSR welcomes a social policy innovator to the team

4 Dec 2019

In August ISSR welcomed Professor Tim Reddel to the Institute to lead a new Social Solutions initiative. Tim will build on ISSR’s key capabilities in applied policy research and aim to foster greater public policy impact for social science research through collaborative and mutually-beneficial partnerships between researchers, policy makers, service providers and communities. 

Professor Reddel is uniquely qualified to lead this work combining his academic background with extensive experience in senior policy and research roles in government. Most recently, Tim was the head of the Policy and Program Office in the Australian Government Department of Social Services. He has led a number of policy innovations at the Federal level including reforms to the design and delivery of community based grant programs, introduction of social impact investment approaches and leading the Department’s strategic policy, research, evidence and evaluation activities. Tim also led the implementation of the Priority Investment Approach for Welfare that included significant policy innovations under the Try, Test and Learn fund. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service, Tim worked in range of senior executive roles in the Queensland Government, the community services sector and academia.

Internationally and nationally there is a growing trend for universities, governments and community organisations to experiment with new ways of working together to solve problems. ISSR’s contribution to real-world impact will be to use the findings and lessons from specific co-designed and data driven projects to build an evidence base and community of practice of researchers, policy practitioners and end users.  A focus on collaboration for achieving social solutions by Professor Reddel and ISSR researchers aims to inform broader social science knowledge including developing and disseminating tested methodologies for policy impact, codesign and research translation.

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