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

In search of a golden thread: Developments in public management across Aotearoa-New Zealand and Australia

Published Date: 22 September 2020
Aotearoa-New Zealand and Australia have long been considered role models for innovations in public policy and management. Is there a golden th...

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Policy labs – The next frontier?

Published Date: 08 September 2020
Policy labs have emerged globally with a mission to support public policy development through innovative solutions. However, it is unclear to w...

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Royal commissions and policy influence

Published Date: 26 August 2020
While the outcomes of a royal commission can significantly shape the direction of public policy, they can also miss opportunities to influ...

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The dark side of public innovation

Published Date: 11 August 2020
The positive outcomes of innovation are well known but the dark side of public innovation has received less attention. What is the dark side an...