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 Professor Ariadne Vromen and 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.

The Bridge

ANZSOG’s new research translation series, The Bridge, is a project designed to bridge the gap between the research work of academics and the policy work of public managers by providing access to visible and accessible high-quality research.

The Bridge is emailed fortnightly to thousands of engaged readers, including public servants and academics, in Australia, New Zealand and globally. It centres around a Research Brief which distils academic research into an easy-to-read format and will be complemented by other insights into public policy and management.

The Bridge is compiled and curated by Maria Katsonis – a former senior Victorian public servant with more than 20 years’ experience who is now a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Maria’s insights are vital to The Bridge, bringing a practitioner’s perspective to academic research.

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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.

Further information

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Research

Being a public manager in times of crisis: the art of managing stakeholders, political masters and collaborative networks

Published Date: 17 November 2020
The COVID‐19 pandemic is seen as the biggest global crisis since World War II. What started out as a public health issue has quickly morphed...

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Responding to complexity in public services

Published Date: 03 November 2020
A paper in Public Money & Management discusses the merits of the emerging ‘Human Learning Systems’ (HLS) approach to the funding, commi...

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Why policy narrative matters: effective government responses to COVID-19

Published Date: 20 October 2020
Storytelling in public policy matters when communicating policy decisions. How can policy makers craft compelling narratives to influence polic...

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Becoming a boundary spanning public servant

Published Date: 06 October 2020
Cross-boundary collaborations are a key feature of today’s public sector. Public servants are increasingly expected to work in ways that cut...