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:


Leading with political astuteness

Published Date: 20 April 2021
There is increasing recognition that managers who exercise political astuteness are more effective. For public managers, formal and informal po...


The loss of capacity in public organisations

Published Date: 06 April 2021
Budget cuts, organisational reforms and political subterfuge have challenged public sector organisations. A paper in Perspectives on Public Management...


Systemic design practice for participatory policymaking

Published Date: 24 March 2021
Governments around the world are adopting the principles and tools of systems thinking, human-centred design and co-design. A paper in Policy D...


Where to for public value? Taking stock and moving on

Published Date: 09 March 2021
Public value has become something of a catch-all in public management and administration. A paper in the International Journal of Public Admini...