Crossing the research and policy gap

Good research is vital for creating quality public policy and programs, but this research is not always available to public managers in an accessible format.

Researchers and the public sector should be natural partners in this process, but in practice, the gap between them can often be wide.

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 aims to:

  • improve the uptake of research by the public sector
  • strengthen engagement between academic researchers and policymakers
  • and allow research with a practical application to reach a wider audience.

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 distills 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. She was previously the curator of The Drop – a joint project between ANZSOG and The Mandarin.

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Read The Bridge’s Research Briefs below:


Maintaining political neutrality while working in the Minister’s office

Published Date: 23 February 2021
How do non-partisan advisors in Ministers’ offices maintain political neutrality while immersed in a highly politicised environment? A paper ...


Beyond nudge: advancing the state-of-the-art of behavioural public policy and administration

Published Date: 10 February 2021
In the past two decades, behavioural public policy and behavioural public administration have attracted much political and research attention f...


Trust in government increased during COVID-19 in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand

Published Date: 22 January 2021
Although there has been a perception that trust in government is falling, this decline has reversed in the wake of the COVID‐19 pandemic. Ne...


Feeling good about giving: Does helping equal happiness?

Published Date: 16 December 2020
Helping others takes many forms, from giving money to charity to helping a stranger. It springs from countless motivations, from deep-rooted empathy t...