The purpose of ANZSOG’s research is to address key contemporary issues in public administration, policy development and management. ANZSOG’s distinctive approach draws on the strength of its networks of scholars, practitioners and owner governments in Australia and New Zealand, favouring collaborative and comparative research that will be of practical assistance to governments and the communities they serve.

ANZSOG’s research seeks to create public value by:

  • Informing debate on and promoting understanding of the key issues affecting government and public administration currently and in the future;
  • Supporting the development of high-quality policy advice and policy-making throughout the public sector; and
  • Enhancing the knowledge and capability of public managers and leaders.

Demand-led research projects

ANZSOG is currently revamping its research strategy with a new demand-led, practice-driven and collaborative approach to research based on our unique ability to connect academics and practitioners. ANZSOG is consulting with its government owners and university partners about the design, funding and delivery of new research projects.

These projects will be shaped by these consultations, and driven by the key issues and questions raised by governments and universities. ANZSOG will focus on issues with multi-jurisdictional relevance, as part of a broader mandate to work for the governments of Australia and New Zealand.

ANZSOG’s new approach to research is being led by Dr Subho Banerjee.

ANZSOG papers commissioned for the APS Review

ANZSOG was commissioned to produce six major papers for the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS). Lead authors were drawn from a mix of academic and practitioner backgrounds. The work was completed and released into the public domain for broader public discussion in April 2019, and has influenced the interim report of the Review.

Ongoing research-based activities

ANZSOG supports a range of other research-based activities including the Case Library; policy roundtables; commissioned reports and frameworks for government; the Evidence Base journal; our conferences; the Work-Based Project; and a monograph series with ANU Press.

Partnerships

  1. Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)

ANZSOG is an official partner of the Analysis & Policy Observatory, an online knowledge hub which aims to make public policy research visible, discoverable and usable. ANZSOG sponsors two of the APO’s thematic collections including its New Zealand Governance and Policy Collection and its First Peoples & Public Policy Collection, which brings together diverse, policy-relevant resources from the existing APO repository as well as new materials. The First Peoples & Public Policy Collection aims to promote and prioritise the perspectives and contributions of First Peoples. It was officially launched at the ANZSOG Reimagining Public Administration conference in February 2019.

       2. The Mandarin

As part of its mission to strengthen the practice of public sector leadership in Australia and New Zealand, ANZSOG is helping to disseminate research to public managers through a research translation partnership with The Mandarin.

This involves a fortnightly e-newsletter, The Drop and a research brief series. The Drop distils academic and other research into an easy-to-read format that captures the main points and provides suggestions for further reading. It is delivered to subscribers to The Mandarin, with articles published on The Mandarin and ANZSOG websites.

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Further information

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Research

When design meets power: design thinking, public sector innovation and the politics of policymaking

Published Date: 18 October 2019
Responding to the need for innovation, governments have begun experimenting with ‘design thinking’ approaches to reframe policy issues and generat...

Research

ANZSOG’s APSA Policy Prize winners announced

Published Date: 02 October 2019
Researchers exploring the barriers to collaboration among public servants and the tensions around boundary-making in anti-corruption policy have share...

Research

Using innovation to encourage public managers to embrace risk

Published Date: 16 August 2019
Public managers want to be more innovative, and governments need to offer them better training and encourage risk-taking and creative thinking, accord...

Research

Beyond outsourcing: how governments can change their approach to contracting services

Published Date: 23 July 2019
The Australian Government spends about three times more on contracted services than on direct employment of public servants, but is this level of cont...