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

Alcohol, drugs and family violence: A question of framing and boundary markers

Published Date: 12 July 2017
Can alcohol be a ‘cause’ of family violence? What do we mean by ‘causes’ of social problems? ANZSOG’s Sophie Yates examines proble...

Research

Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda

Published Date: 27 June 2017
Summary Australia (together with New Zealand) is one of the few Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries with which th...

Research

Public admin explainer: What is adaptive leadership?

Published Date: 27 June 2017
Adaptive leadership is a practice for helping mobilise members of an organisation or community to adapt to significant change. It emphasises the impor...

Research

The Investment Approach to Public Service Provision

Published Date: 30 May 2017
Abstract The investment approach to public service provision is now receiving considerable attention worldwide. By promoting data-intensive assessmen...