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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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The Value and Character of Political Science: APSA survey 2014

'While the ways in which the impact agenda is currently being implemented... More »

Universities, Practitioners and a Think Tank: A Queensland Case Study

This paper, presented to a conference in Ottawa in April 2014 describes the genesis and aims of the TJRyan Foundation.

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Evidence-informed regulatory practice an adaptive response, 200515

This paper reflects on the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s regulatory practice over the past 10 years; in particular, the rol... More »

Evidence-based arts policymaking?

In  The Conversation (1.6.15) Ben Eltham and Deb Verhoeven discuss whether there is any evidence to support the need for the dra... More »

Palaszczuk Government cites evidence on alcohol-fuelled violence

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (27.3.15) that 'Labor will push ahead with its plan to tackle alcohol-fuelled violenc... More »

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Ian Chubb, Australia's Chief Scientist, on the vital role of science

The Chief Scientist's address the National Press Club (25.3.15) More »

Innovation hurts. Governments make two mistakes trying to ease the pain

Angus Taylor, federa Liberal MP for Hume, writes in The Guardian (24.3.15) about the challenges of adjusting to innovation and resist... More »

Engaging the disengaged with science: are you an 'A' or a 'D'?

Craig Cormick and Suzette Searle write in The Conversation about the problem of community disengagement with science:  ' ... the grow... More »

The role of science in policymaking

Stephen Easton writes in The Mandarin (2.2.15):

'Most policy development needs a good beaker of science. But, as eminent econ... More »

TJRyan Foundation 2014-5

Dr Ann Scott provides an overview of how the TJRyan Foundation website has developed, and works, and reiterates the fundamental principle that unde... More »

Additional information: TJRyan Foundation function 19 February 2015

Information about the function on 19 February 2015 includes the program, detail about the speakers, and a map of the Queensland University of Techn... More »

Where is the evidence? The value of 'grey literature'

This paper discusses the ways in which the internet has profoundly changed how we produce, use and collect research and information for public poli... More »

Don't trash our institutional capital

Ian McAuley (The Conversation, 14.10.14) argues that the Abbott Government is in danger of 'groupthink': 'It's unwise to damage the credibility of ... More »

Hockey plays the ABS blame game

Professor Phil Lewis writes in The Conversation (10.10.14): 'It is rather sad to see such a well-respected organisation as the ABS being abused for... More »

'User pays' for Australian Bureau of Statistics data?

The Guardian (9.10.14) carries a report about the volatility of ABS unemployment statistics. 'Hockey said that while the ABS was still one of the b... More »

An independent inquiry into the Bureau of Meteorology? Bring it on

Professor Neville Nicholls writes in The Conversation (9.10.14) that an inquiry into the Bureau of Meteorology will give the Bureau an opportunity ... More »

Government that ignores evidence sets up welfare policies to fail

Discussing two new reports on the Department of Social Services website, Professor Eva Cox argues in The Conversation (8.10.14): 'We can only hope ... More »

The 10 stuff-ups we all make when interpreting research

Will Grant and Rod Lamberts (The Conversation, 3.10.14) discuss some common mistakes people make when trying to interpret new research:

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Case study in the use of evidence

This is a case study in the use of evidence in a changing political context: an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service in south-east ... More »

Positives in negative results

In the third article (25.9.14) in The Conversation's series on research, Natalie Matosin and Martin Engel point out that 'negative research finding... More »

Where's the proof in science

In the third (24.9.14) of The Conversation's articles on 'understanding research' Professor Geraint Lewis discusses different degrees of certainty ... More »

Clearing up confusion between correlation and causation

Professor Jonathan Borwein and Michael Rose examine the dangers of making a link between unrelated results. This is the second article (23.9.14) in... More »

Why research beats anecdote in our search for knowledge

The Conversation (22.9.14) carries the first of a series of articles on 'understanding research': 'What do we actually mean by research and how doe... More »

Accountability, evidence-based policymaking, and 'silly statistics'

Ann Scott discusses the controversy over police statistics, and the harm done to evidence-based policymaking with the loss, under the current gover... More »

Federation foibles and public policy

David Donaldson reports in The Mandarin (15.8.14) that Gary Sturgess suggests that 'Perverse incentives and blurred lines of responsibility create ... More »


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