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The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis

The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra was established in January 2014 to harness the research strengths of the former ANZSOG Institute for Governance (ANZSIG) and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). The Institute conducts interdisciplinary research in governance and policy analysis to deepen theory, advance knowledge and improve practice, in a way that is of significance to scholars and practitioners in Australia and internationally.

The core aim of IGPA is to sustain our reputation as a world class research institution for the study and practice of governance and public policy. The integration of ANZSIG and NATSEM has created exciting opportunities for the development of cutting edge research in public policy analysis through combining expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, evaluation, micro-simulation and policy modelling. 

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Press Release 

1 July 2014

ANZSOG and the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis

The University of Canberra and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) announced today that the Australia-New Zealand School of Government’s Institute for Governance (ANZSIG) will henceforth operate as the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (UC-IGPA).

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Prof Stephen Parker, said UC-IGPA has been created to harness the research strengths of two leading University Research Centres – ANZSIG and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM). “The integration of ANZSIG and NATSEM creates existing opportunities for the development of leading edge research in public policy analysis through combining expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, evaluation, micro-simulation and policy modelling”, he said. UC-IGPA is already conducting work in these areas for the United Nations Development Programme in the Middle-East and for the World Bank in Afghanistan, as well as high profile work on the Federal Budget and on the cost of living in Australia.

Prof Parker said the ACT government would fund IGPA directly as part of a new ACT Public Service Centre of Excellence. This involves the delivery of education and research programs.

UC-IGPA has also launched a new Flagship research training program in governance and public policy analysis which is already recruiting strongly.

ANZSOG’s Dean, Professor Gary Banks said the University of Canberra will continue to be a member of the ANZSOG consortium and Professor Parker will remain on the ANZSOG Board.  The ACT Government would also continue participation in ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) and Executive Fellows Program (EFP).

Profs Parker and Banks said their two organisations would continue to collaborate productively in the future.

1 July 2014