Finding the latest policy and public management research can be time-consuming and difficult. Navigating academic research is not always easy as it can be complex to read.

That’s why ANZSOG launched The Bridge in March 2020 – to connect public managers with current and relevant research. Every fortnight, subscribers receive a free email which distils relevant academic research to the public sector into an easy-to-read format.

Since then, we have built a community of more than 15,000 Bridge subscribers. More than 90 per cent of The Bridge readers tell us they use The Bridge content in their daily work, and more than 70 per cent have shared The Bridge content with colleagues.

“I share it with my team for their general professional development and to broaden their reading choices. I love its format and brevity. and the personal touch at the end of what Maria is reading - always interesting.”

“I have found articles or summaries of them helpful when considering how to approach an evaluation or project design task. I also like to read about developments and issues relevant to the public sector beyond my own work, this helps me to see things in context and keep an eye on where we are going.”

The Bridge will continue to strengthen engagement between academic researchers and policymakers and allow research with practical application to reach a wider audience, as part of ANZSOG’s mission to strengthen the quality of public sector leadership in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.

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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Street-level bureaucrats and policy entrepreneurship: When implementers challenge policy design

Published Date: 27 July 2021
In the musical West Side Story, it was all about the tensions between rival street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. In the word of pu...


COVID-19: effective policymaking depends on trust in experts, politicians, and the public

Published Date: 13 July 2021
In a crisis, choices about who to trust or distrust could make a difference between life and death. Trust is necessary for cooperation, coordin...


COVID-19 as a game changer for public administration and leadership

Published Date: 15 June 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the public sector is facing turbulent problems characterised by the emergence of unpredictable and uncertain ev...


Nudge and co-design: complementary or contradictory approaches?

Published Date: 30 June 2021
Nudge and co-design are gaining popularity as innovative approaches to solving policy problems. An article in Policy Studies compares and contr...