ANZSOG’s research role

The purpose of our research is to address key contemporary issues in public administration, policy development and management where information is lacking. Our distinctive approach draws on the strengths of our network of scholars, practitioners and member governments in Australia and New Zealand, favouring collaborative and comparative research that can be of practical assistance to governments and the communities they serve.

Our aims

Our research seeks to:

  • Inform debate and promote understanding on key issues in government.
  • Support the development of best practice throughout the public sector.
  • Enhance the knowledge and capability of public managers and leaders.

Our approach

Our research program benefits governments in three inter-related ways:

  • By identifying the priority issues and disseminating research findings on these directly to member governments and the community, through publications that are made widely available.
  • By providing a ‘safe space’ for frank discussion among public officials and academics, informed by objective evidence and analysis.
  • By feeding research findings into core teaching programs and short courses for public sector managers.

To implement this approach, the ANZSOG Research Committee, in consultation with stakeholders, develops priority research themes and calls for submissions for funding, which it assesses against criteria related to the above purpose and aims. The committee also monitors progress and outcomes of research conducted under the program and reports periodically to our board.

Projects that involve ‘buy-in’ from both governments and academics are encouraged, such that topics are not only relevant and timely, but also combine theory with practice in an area where each has much to offer the other.

Competitive grants and other initiatives

ANZSOG contributes funds each year for new projects that address a gap in public administration and public management knowledge, and are of direct interest to our member governments.

While this competitive grants program is a key part of our research program, ANZSOG supports a range of research-based activities, including academics’ personal research and publications; teaching cases; policy roundtables; reports and frameworks for government; Evidence Base journal; our blog; our annual conference; the Work-Based Project; research seminars; a monograph series with ANU Press; and short practitioner-focused occasional papers.

Good examples of this collaborative and cross-jurisdictional way of working include:

  • A series of occasional papers produced with the Queensland Office of the Information Commissioner on transparency in the public sector.
  • An international comparative project on Indigenous Leadership and the Role and Contribution of Indigenous Public Servants (featuring empirical work from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa).
  • A social network mapping project looking at collaborative governance under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

 

Research

Growing National Prosperity: Government's role in the 21st century

Published Date: 11 September 2017
  Against the backdrop of extensive public sector cutbacks, and the wider fiscal and economic challenges facing governments, this Occasional Pap...

Research

Wicked and less wicked problems: A typology and a contingency framework

Published Date: 24 August 2017
Abstract This paper addresses shortcomings in the scholarship about ‘wicked problems’, and suggests ways of tackling them. Firstly, accounts of t...

Research

Convict Transportation to New South Wales, 1787–1849: Mortality Rates Reconsidered

Published Date: 09 August 2017
Abstract Previous research into Australian convict transportation has concluded that a significant downturn in mortality rates occurred with the appo...

Research

Public admin explainer: What is co-production?

Published Date: 31 July 2017
When a government organisation delivers a service, it seems obvious who is the producer and who the consumer. But a closer look reveals a more complex...