Impact into Public Sector Practice
ANZSOG is working to connect academics, educators and governments to improve how we measure and demonstrate research and education impact into public sector practice. ANZSOG continues to work in this space and encourage debate around how we can better measure the impact of education and research on public sector practice and bridge the divide between theory and practice.
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In 2019, ANZSOG led the development of a workshop held at the Australian National University (ANU) with partners at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy, the Public Service Research Group at the University of New South Wales Canberra, and the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO).
The workshop brought together different sectors with invited participants from across government, universities, and the community sector to explore different understandings, expectations, and methods for collectively demonstrating and achieving impact into practice across sectors. The workshop included 16 speakers across 4 sessions with over 80 participants, including national and international experts from the US (such as Harvard and NASPAA), the UK (such as the Civil Service) and Aotearoa-NZ (such as the State Services) among others.
A clear outcome from the workshop was consensus for a community of practice to be set up, for further research, and to develop ways to share learnings across sectors moving forward.
2019 Impact Workshop Summary
Reflections on impact from the 2019 Impact Workshop
1. Professor Catherine Althaus about the purpose of the workshop
2. Professor Rod Glover about why impact matters
3. Geraldine Wild about how measuring impact informs the work of BASTOW
4. Brandi Hudson about why impact is important to progress
5. Tash Ryan about the need to come together to progress impact
6. Debra Iles about measuring education impact
- ‘Measuring impact: ANZSOG bringing academics and public sector practitioners together’ ANZSOG News, December 2019
In 2020, ANZSOG conducted an independent evaluation for the UK Civil Service of the London School of Economics (LSE) Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP). Led by Professor Catherine Althaus, Dr Lisa Carson and Professor Janine O’Flynn, impact methodologies were developed including co-designed surveys, data collection, interviews, and focus groups enabling both quantitative and qualitative analysis. This culminated in a major report with recommendations since acted upon by the UK Civil Service & LSE.
Also in 2020, a call for papers was issued on the theme of the 2019 Workshop in the journal Policy, Design & Practice and the Australian Journal of Public Administration to document practical and tangible ways to progress education and research impact into public sector practice.
In 2021 two streams of research on impact were released. The first was a special issue in the journal Policy, Design and Practice titled ‘Impact into practice: Demonstrating applied public administration and policy improvement’ with a focus on impact as a system.
The second was a symposium in the Australian Journal of Public Administration titled ‘Generating and demonstrating implementation impact’ with a focus on implementation for impact.
1. ‘Impact into practice: Demonstrating applied public administration and policy improvement’ in Policy, Design & Practice
Catherine Althaus, Lisa Carson, Helen Sullivan & Brigid van Wanrooy
Lisa Carson & Lisa Given
Dr Julien Barbara, Dr Nicole Haley, Hannah McMahon, Dr Timothea Turnbull
Julien Barbara, Nicole Haley, Hannah McMahon & Timothea
Michael Fotheringham, Tamlin Gorter & Anne Badenhorst
Kirsty Jones & Sara Bice
Raymond Orr & Yancey Orr
2. ‘Generating and demonstrating implementation impact’ in the Australian Journal of Public Administration
Lisa Carson, Catherine Althaus, Helen Sullivan, Brigid van Wanrooy
Andrew Gunn & Michael Mintrom
Kate Williams & Jenny M Lewis
Mark Riboldi, Lisa Fennis, Elaine Fishwick, Susan Goodwin, Marc Stears
Michael Fotheringham, Tamlin Gorter & Ann Badenhorst
Karen Gardner, Deborah Blackman, & Fiona Buick
Please send any enquiries about ANZSOG’s Impact into Public Sector Practice to firstname.lastname@example.org.