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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: