Research helps public sector managers to make better decisions. Leaders equipped with up-to-date information can better understand the issues and problems they face, so they can make informed decisions to achieve their goals, and deliver value to the sector and citizens.
Peer-reviewed research helps public sector managers to make informed decisions on policy so they can best manage the complex needs of today’s public service to deliver maximum value to citizens.
Designed for public sector decision-makers, ANZSOG’s peer-reviewed journal Evidence Base publishes systematic reviews of the evidence in specific policy areas with a sharp focus on ‘what works’.
ANZSOG's commitment to providing value for stakeholders means the journal is open access under Creative Commons License 4.0.
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Managing editor: George Argyrous, ANZSOG Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Policy Making, UNSW.
Assistant editor: Sophie Yates, ANZSOG.
Evidence Base pays AUD$10,000 in instalments to successful applicants. Proposals are vetted by an Editorial Board of practitioners and academics. Reviews must focus on two aspects of research:
1. An issue of importance to public sector decision-makers. Examples might be ‘the effectiveness of performance measures in improving education’, or ‘factors that improve health outcomes in Indigenous communities’.
2. The empirical base of research in the area.
Evidence Base publishes reviews of the evidence informing decision-making in specific policyareas.
Reviews in this journal must cover the following:
Reviews primarily draw on the Australian and New Zealand research base, but also oninternational studies where relevant to Australian and New Zealand policy practice.
A key factor determining whether a proposal will be selected is whether there is a sufficientbase of evidence, particularly from Australia and New Zealand, to justify a review. Beforesubmitting a proposal, authors will need to undertake a preliminary literature search and listthe key empirical references from Australia and New Zealand they discover in the relevantarea of the proposal form.
We are also particularly interested in proposals that meet ANZSOG's research priorities. Theseare:
- Collaborative governance and interface between sectors: This includes commissioning, coproduction,outsourcing, NGO partnerships etc., including between the public, private and‘third’ sectors.
- Cross-jurisdictional policymaking.
- Digital leadership and disruptive technology.
The reviews will be 5000-8000 words in length and will be supported by an AUD$10,000competitive grant to help with the research needed to write the review. Note that the grantcannot be used for the purchase of infrastructure or equipment.