Evaluations of post-disaster recovery: A review of practice material

Authors: Roberta Ryan, Liana Wortley and Éidín Ní Shé
Published Date: 05 December 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Disaster Recovery, Evidence-based policy
Abstract This paper reviews evaluations of post-disaster recovery efforts. The focus is on operational material and other ‘grey literature’ from disasters that have occurred in Australia, New Zea...

Sharpening the Sword of State

Published Date: 22 November 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Privatisation, Public Sector Reform
Summary Sharpening the Sword of State explores the various ways in which 10 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific enhance their administrative capabilities through training and executive development. It ...

Review of the effectiveness of predictive models for mesothelioma to identify lessons for asbestos-related policy

Authors: Alison Reid
Published Date: 01 September 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Evidence-based policy, Public Health
Abstract Predictions of future cases of asbestos-related disease have been undertaken at a national level to inform government policy and planning for future health needs. In general, we can separate...

Managing Consultants

Authors: Leo Dobes
Published Date: 26 July 2016
Summary Public service cutbacks have increased reliance on consultants, but new legislation and rules governing the procurement of services from consultants are scattered over different legislative i...

Balancing Control and Flexibility in Public Budgeting

Authors: Michael Di Francesco and John Alford
Published Date: 20 July 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Economics and Finance
Abstract This work explores how reshaping budget rules and how they are applied presents a preferred means of public sector budgeting, rather than simply implementing fewer rules. Through enhanced ap...

International policy transfer in the road sector: from Australia to Sweden

Authors: Christopher Walker
Published Date: 19 July 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Policy Skills, Development and Implementation
Abstract In Australia, governments have realised the potential of extending commercial telematics services into the regulatory context. The Intelligent Access Program (IAP) provided the first nationa...

The Three Sector Solution

Published Date: 12 July 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Collaboration, Networks, Co-production
Summary This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University. Jointly convened by Dr John Butcher (ANZSOG) and Professor David Gil...

What factors influence the effectiveness of financial incentives on long-term natural resource management practice change?

Authors: Emma Swann and Rob Richards
Published Date: 29 June 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Evidence-based policy, Environmental economics
Abstract Financial incentives are used by natural resource management organisations to encourage landholders to adopt sustainable practices where the outcomes on a farm scale may be negative or margi...

Outcome-based contracting for human services

Authors: Emma Tomkinson
Published Date: 23 May 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Evidence-based policy, Privatisation, Public Sector Reform
Abstract This review examines the evidence of the effect of government-funded outcome-based contracts in public human services. Outcome-based contracts in public human services are defined as those w...

What Does 'Collaboration' Without Government Look Like? The Network Qualities of an Emerging Partnership

Authors: Michael Moran, Andrew Joyce, Josephine Barraket, Caitlyn MacKenzie and Emily Foenander
Published Date: 26 April 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Collaboration, Networks, Co-production
Abstract Cross-sectoral partnerships are increasingly common in Australian human service delivery. Yet research has not often focused on partnerships where private actors broker an arrangement to add...

Social cost-benefit analysis in Australia and New Zealand

Authors: Leo Dobes, George Argyrous and Joanne Leung
Published Date: 06 April 2016
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Economics and Finance, Implementation~Evaluation
Summary All is not well with the evaluation of government programs and projects. Resources available to any society are limited. If governments are to increase the well-being of their citizens, they...

A critical examination of the youth foyer model for alleviating homelessness: Strengthening a promising evidence base

Authors: Iris Levin, Joseph Borlagdan, Shelley Mallett and Jehonathan Ben
Published Date: 18 December 2015
Key Topic and Teaching Concept: Evidence-based policy
Abstract This article assesses the quality of 15 primary studies that examined the effectiveness of youth foyer or foyer-like programs on the lives of young homeless people. The youth foyer model pro...