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Evidence-based policy-making

The TJRyan Foundation firmly believes that good policymaking should be based on evidence about what works and what does not. Policy grounded in evidence avoids repeating avoidable errors, and helps to minimise 'unanticipated consequences'. 

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Lessons from Queensland on alcohol, violence and the night-time economy

Peter Miller and colleagues write in The Conversation (12.8.19) the first in a series of articles based on a recently released comprehensi... More »

Whatever happened to ‘evidence-based policymaking’?

Former Dean of ANZSOG, Gary Banks, reproduces the text of his 2018 Alf Rattigan Lecture in The Mandarin (30.11.18), arguing that the ... More »

Peter Doherty: why Australia needs to march for science

Nobel Laureate and Queensland medical researcher, Peter Doherty, writes in The Conversation (21.4.17) about the international 'M... More »

The importance of making research findings available to a broad audience

Emeritus Professor Paul Boreham, Deputy Executive Director of the TJ Ryan Foundation, writes:

'The primary aim of the TJ Ryan Foundation is... More »

Why researchers have a duty to try and influence policy

Simon Chapman writes in The Conversation (24.2.17) about the difficult-to-overcome gap between researchers' work and their influence upon ... More »

Academics must work at building public trust in their expertise

Rick Sarre writes in The Conversation (15.12.16) arguing that academic analysis is often ignored in political discourse and the forma... More »

Public policy and what’s missing in action?

Policy Online carries a link (6.12.16) to the text of a Productivity Commission address by its deputy chair, Karen Chester, saying that ev... More »

Outing the invisible academic: how researchers can get the hearing they deserve

'Most politicians will not read a single academic paper, or even an abstract, in any given year' writes Cathy Alexander in Australian Policy On... More »

Building Australia's Future: Creating Comparative Advantage

See link below to register for 'Building Australia's Future: Creating Comparative Advantage.

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How to get a better bang for the taxpayers' buck in all sectors, not only Indigenous programs

Peter Siminski writes in The Conversation (23.8.16) about questions raised over the evaluation of Indigenous-focused services and programs... More »

Glyn Davis’s policymaking podcast about opening the conversation

Professor Glyn Davis AC, the former top mandarin who (along with Peter Bridgman) wrote the book on Australian policymaking, finds time in his 'new'... More »

Youth protection and correctional measures in Australian jurisdictions

Policy Online carries links (21.4.16, 27.4.16) to two Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports, outlining research into chi... More »

Better understanding entries and exits from homelessness

Policy Online carries a link (17.3.16) to an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute briefing paper detailing statistical research... More »

We should broaden our view of science if it's to help make good public policy

Penny Hawe writes in The Conversation (10.3.16) about the importance of effective science communication to better inform the public, and p... More »

Multiculturalism: discussion paper

Policy Online (26.2.16) carries a link to a Scanlon Foundation report that assesses the reasons why multiculturalism has succeeded in Aust... More »

Housing and Indigenous people living with a disability: lived experiences of housing and community infrastructure

Policy Online (29.2.16) carries a link to an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute report, investigating the experieces of ... More »

Crises, disasters and politics: walking the tightrope

Policy Online (18.2.16) features an in-house discussion paper on political communication and politicians' responses in times of crise... More »

Home and away: child and youth homelessness report

Policy Online (16.2.16) carries a link to a Mission Australia report on the levels of child and youth homelessness across the nation.... More »

The need for consistent measurement of Queensland's crocodile population

Hamish Campbell writes in The Conversation (2.2.16) that while the Queensland government has undertaken spotlight surveys of crocodile pop... More »

Ryan goes to Richmond

Despite our parochial Queensland focus, we seem to have a widely distributed readership. On 9 October 2015, I accepted an invitation from Margaret ... More »

Queensland Police Service Statistical Review 2014-2015

The Queensland Police Service has reinstated its Annual Statistical Review, abolished by the Newman Government.  The Commissioner's introducti... More »

Think tanks need integrity not independence

Melissa Conley Tyler wrote on the role of think tanks in an article The Drum (ABC 1.10.15).

'As bridge institutions between a... More »

World Day Against the Death Penalty: dinner 9 October 2015

Australians Against Capital Punishment, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and Reprieve Australia will be holding their 13th annual dinner to rec... More »

Getting our research priorities right

'There is nothing revolutionary in the nine priorities for Australia. If I tell you that food, soil and water, transport, cyber-security, resources... More »

Education Academics: Rules of Engagement

Professor Carol Nicolls suggests that academics and postgraduate students in education should be consciously positioned to influence current and fu... More »

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