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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 research seeks to:
Our research program benefits governments in three inter-related ways:
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.
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:
ANZSOG publishes a series of monographs and occasional papers in partnership with ANU Press. The series includes studies of leadership and organisational management, policy management and implementation, organisational transformations, intergovernmental management, capacity-building and resilience, collaboration and working with stakeholders including not-for-profits, executive training and development, working with tight budgets and value for money frames.
The ANZSOG series is freely available via ANU Press’ open-access platform, allowing them to be used by people around the world in line with ANZSOG’s mission to be a global leader in education and government-focused research relevant to the public sector.
The Evidence and Evaluation Hub is an ANZSOG centre of expertise developed to strengthen the capacity of the public and not-for-profit sectors to generate and use evaluation and other types of evidence to support decision-making and practice.
With a focus on evaluation, evidence and policy analysis, the Evidence and Evaluation Hub offers services and other activities to meet the needs of the public and not-for-profit sectors.
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