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Professor Mark Evans Director of the Institute

Contact

Address: Building 22, Level B University of Canberra Phone: + 61 (0)2 6201 5061

Centre

Centre for Change Governance

Organisation

Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Mark's research has centred on: a) evaluating the role, real and potential, of policy transfer in institution-building in developed and developing areas; b) investigating the impact of New Labour's constitutional reform project on institution-building in the UK; c) studying the nature and impact of administrative reform in developed and transition states; d) evaluating state policy responses to processes of globalisation; and, e) evaluating critical issues in Australian governance. The research theme that binds all of these areas together is his interest in public sector institution-building and processes of governance.

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Bio/CV

Mark Evans is the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis.

He is an expert in the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. Before taking up this role he was Head of the Department of Politics at the University of York in the United Kingdom and Provost of Halifax College (1999-2009). Mark has a long track record of achievement in developing high quality, values-driven knowledge institutions built around outstanding research with policy impact, relevant professional development programs, and creative partnerships with governance actors with a common commitment to delivering policy and leadership which delivers genuine public value.

Mark has played an international role in supporting good administrative practices in public administration in developed and developing contexts. He has acted as a senior policy advisor, delivered training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries including Australia, Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Sri Lanka, the UK, and Vietnam. Recent research projects in Australia include evaluations of Austrade\'s integrity systems (2011), the National Water Commission's role in Australian water governance (2011-12), DEEWR's "Home to Work" employment program (2012), for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet "Women and Leadership in the Australian Public Service" (2013), the ACT's "Strengthening Services for Vulnerable Families" program (2013), the adherence of the ACT Legislative Assembly to the Latimer Principles (2014), and, he is also working with several Australian councils on the co-design and implementation of better policy-making frameworks to guide sustainable development. Internationally, he has just completed a review of social participation in federal government for the Office of the Presidency funded by the European Union (2013) and an evaluation for the United Nations Development Program on Opportunities and Challenges for the Reform of Public Administration Arising from the Arab Transitions (2014). He has also conducted several evaluations of international community-driven development programmes for the World Bank. Mark is currently working with the UK Cabinet Office on its innovative Open Policy-making programme, the Museum of Australian Democracy on the new Power of 1 Voice Exhibition, and, the Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyles Program for the Department of Health (with CeRAPH).

Mark is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books in his field and has been the editor of Policy Studies since 2005.  In addition, he has successfully supervised 18 PhD theses to a successful conclusion. He has been awarded honorary positions with the universities of Renmin in China, and York and Hull in the UK.

PUBLICATIONS

Selected publications, 2014-17

  • Stoker, G., Li, J., Halupka, M. and Evans, M. (2017), 'Complacent Young Citizens or Cross Generational Solidarity? An Analysis of Australian Attitudes to Democratic Politics', Australian Journal of Political Science, 52, 2, pp. 218-235.
  • Evans, M. and McCaffrie, M. (2016), ‘From Austerity to the new economy: prime ministerial leadership in a time of mistrust’. In Chris Aulich (ed) From Abbott to Turnbull. A New Direction? West Geelong: Echo Books, pp. 345-368.
  • Evans, M. and Stoker, G. (2016), “Political participation in Australia: Contingency in the behaviour and attitudes of citizens”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 51, 2, pp. 272-287
  • Evans, M., Stoker, G. and Halupka, M. (2016), ‘A decade of decline: How Australians understand and imagine their democracy’. In Chris Aulich (ed) From Abbott to Turnbull. A New Direction? West Geelong: Echo Books
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Connecting social science and policy’ in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016), Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter, Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 263-70.
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Crafting Public policy; choosing the right social science method’ in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 29-42.
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Evidence-based policy making and social science’ in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 15-28.
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2016), ‘Introduction’ in Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans (eds) (2016) Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 1-14.
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (eds). (2016), Evidence-based policymaking in the social sciences: Methods that matter. Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Evans. M., and Edwards, M. (2014), “Debate: Phasma”, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73, 4, pp. 514-516.
  • Evans, M., Edwards, M., Burmester, B. and May, D. (2014), “Not yet 50/50: barriers to the progress of senior women in the Australian public service”, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73, 4, pp. 501-513.
  • Evans, M. and McCaffrie, B. (2014), “‘Rudderless’ – Perceptions of Julia Gillard’s Domestic Statecraft”. In Aulich, C,. ed., The Gillard Governments, Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, pp. 303-321.
  • Stoker, G. and Evans, M. (2014), “The Democracy-Politics Paradox: the Dynamics of Political Alienation”, Democracy Theory, 1, 2, pp. 26-36.

 

Research Projects & Grants

Selected projects, 2014-17

2014: Commissioned by the Australian Tax Office to conduct Governance Review (with Bill Burmester, and Meredith Edwards).

2014-16: Commissioned by the ACT Government to conduct an Action Learning Evaluation of the ACT Human Services Blueprint (with Laurie Brown and Jerry Watkins).

2014: Commissioned by the Department of Health to conduct an Action Learning Evaluation of the National Indigenous Anti-smoking Programme led by Rachel Davey.

2014: Commissioned by the ACT Legislative Assembly to conduct a review of the adherence of the Assembly to the Latimer Principles (with Bill Burmester).

2014: Commissioned by the ACT Chief Minister’s Office for a project entitled Should they stay or should they go? Relocation and the Australian Public Service (with Bill Burmester, Meredith Edwards, Xiaodong Gong, Carmel McGregor, and Maheshwar Rao).

2014: Commissioned by the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) to design and analyse a representative survey of the Australian citizenry for the Power of One exhibition at Old Parliament House (with Gerry Stoker and Max Halupka).

2015-2016: Commissioned by seven APS departments and agencies to complete a project on “Staff perceptions of the barriers to workplace participation experienced by public servants with disability in the Australian Public Service”.

2015: Commissioned by Telstra to conduct a project entitled “Connected Government: towards digital era governance” involving 32 APS departments and agencies (with Patrick Dunleavy and Carmel McGregor).

2016: Commissioned by MoAD to design and analyse a representative survey of the Australian citizenry for the Power of Us exhibition at Old Parliament House and complete 14 focus groups across Australia.

2016: Commissioned by Telstra to conduct a project entitled “Government Service Delivery: Citizen Insights Study” involving the design and analysis of a representative survey of the Australian citizenry (with Gerry Stoker and Max Halupka).

2017: Commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Science to design and deliver a cultural audit of the department.

2017: Commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Finance to design and deliver a productivity framework for the Australian Public Service.

PhD Supervisory Completions
Year Name and Title Present Occupation

1999

 

 

 

Richard Common (Part Time)

‘New Public Management and Policy Transfer in south-East Asia’

Jonathan Davies 

‘Urban Regimes in Comparative Perspective’

Professor, University of York

 

Professor, De Montfort University

2001

Khariah Mohktar 

‘The Privatisation of Malaysian Airlines: A Policy Transfer Perspective’
Senior Lecturer, Malaysia University
2002

Stella Ladi (ESRC) 

‘Globalisation, Europeanisation and Policy Transfer’

Georgia Chondroleou 

‘Media Policy Networks in Greece and Britain: A dialectical approach’

Roger Pierce (ESRC) 

Social Exclusion in Rural England

Lecturer, Sheffield University

 

 

Senior Civil Servant, Finance Ministry, Greece/lecturer open University

 

Lecturer, University of York

2003

Toshi Yokumura 

‘Policy Networks and Transport Policy in Japan’

Senior Civil Servant, Transport Ministry, Japan

2006

Oscar Huerta Melchor 

‘The OECD, Administrative Reform and Policy Transfer in Mexico’

Policy Advisor, OECD Paris

2007

Ed Rooksby 

‘The Alternative Economic Strategy’

Emma Waterton

Lecturer, University of Leeds

 

Heritage policy expert

2008

Fiona Aspinal 

‘Local Participation and Health Service Reform in the UK: the Case of Patient-involvement Forums’

Research Fellow, Health Sciences, York

2009

Sharleene Bibbings

‘Gender Mainstreaming in English Local Government’

Toby James (ESRC)

‘Electoral administration as statecraft: a comparative approach’

Hongxia Chai

‘Hollowing-out as Statecraft: the Case of Administrative Reform in China’

Selina Peters

‘Training and Development’: the Case of the African Development Bank

Local Government Policy Advisor, York City Council

 

Lecturer, University of Swansea

 

Senior Lecturer, University of York

 

Policy Advisor, African Development Bank

2010

Isares Suvanthakul

‘Policy Networks in Thailand’

Taweesak Kritjaroen

‘Urban Regimes in Thailand’

University Lecturer

 

University Lecturer

2014

Yanzhe Zhang

‘Policy oriented learning and opening-up: the case of China in transition’.

Adib Farhadi

‘A New Approach to Stabilization and Sustainable Economic Development in Fragile Conflicted Affected States: A Case Study of Afghanistan’

University Lecturer

 

 

UN Policy Analyst

2015

Richard Reid

'De-Mystifying Institutional Change: The House of Lords in Transition'

Max Halupka

ANU Researcher

 

IGPA Researcher
2016

Paul Porteous

Samuel Antero

'Integrating Representative and Participatory Democracy: Towards a Brazilian Pro-active Ombudsman Model?'

 

First Secretary, Federal Ministry of Planning, Brazil

Current Supervisees

Area of Supervision:

    • Public sector institution-building
    • Processes of governance
    • Policy transfer
    • Administrative reform
    • State policy responses to globalisation
    • Critical issues in Australian governance

Current Involvement in PHD supervisory panels:

 

Primary Supervisor:

Rebecca Awdry

Buying your way through university, an international problem? An investigation into the prevalence of contract cheating

Ian Fitzgerald

Assessing Levels of Trust and Confidence Four Westminster Governments Have in their Public Services: Importance, Enabling Factors and Improvement Strategies

Lyndal Hasselman

Adaptation and accountability in multilevel natural resource governance: a case study in environmental water planning

Claire O'Neill

Junior military commanders' thinking for the human domain

Jamil Sawda

Understanding the Syrian-Lebanese Relationship 2005 - 2011: A Multi-level Perspective

Lukas Sigut

Assessing the value and impact of Diversity and Inclusion in the Australian Public Service

Ario Wicaksono

Finding the Nature of Indonesian Public Human Resource Management Reform: In Search of Balance Between Technocratism and Politics

 

Secondary Supervisor:

Mardhiah Mardhiah

Determinants of Tax Compliance of Foreign-owned Company in Indonesia

Helen Sellers

Neglected Horizons: Indian Rim Security Challenges and the Implications for Australia

SELECTED RECENTLY COMMISSIONED REPORTS

Evans, M and Halupka, M. (2017), Delivering Digital Government: the Australian Public Scorecard, IGPA-Telstra.

Evans, M. and Li, J. (2017), The Return of the Populist ‘Fair Go’ Budget. NATSEM Budget 2017 Analysis.

Dunleavy, P., Evans, M. and McGregor, C. (2016), ‘Connected Government’: Towards digital era governance? Canberra: Telstra.

Edwards, M., Evans, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016a), Staff Perceptions of the Obstacles to Workplace Participation Experienced by Public Servants with a Disability in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, IGPA.

Edwards, M., Evans, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016b), Staff Perceptions of the Obstacles to Workplace Participation Experienced by Public Servants with a Disability in the Australian Commonwealth Attorney-Generals’ Department, IGPA.

Edwards, M., Evans, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016c), Staff Perceptions of the Obstacles to Workplace Participation Experienced by Public Servants with a Disability in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, IGPA.

Edwards, M., Evans, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016d), Staff Perceptions of the Obstacles to Workplace Participation Experienced by Public Servants with a Disability in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Human Services, IGPA.

Edwards, M., Evans, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016e), Staff Perceptions of the Obstacles to Workplace Participation Experienced by Public Servants with a Disability in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Innovation, IGPA.

Edwards, M., Evans, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016f), Staff Perceptions of the Obstacles to Workplace Participation Experienced by Public Servants with a Disability in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Social Services, IGPA.

Evans, M. (2014), Improving Services with Families: a perfect project in an imperfect system, ACT Government Community Services Directorate.

Evans, M., Edwards, M., McGregor, C. and Upton, P. (2016), ‘Doing it Differently’: Staff perceptions of the barriers to workplace participation experienced by public servants with disability in the Australian Public Service.

Evans, M., Halupka, M., & Stoker, G. (2016), Who do you trust to run the country? Canberra: MoAD/IGPA.

Evans, M. and Li, J. (2016), An Enterprise Budget in Times of Mistrust, NATSEM Budget 2016 Analysis.

Evans, M. and Sansom, G. (2016), A Federation for Communities and Places: Australia in a Century of Local Governance. Local Government Professionals Australia.

Upton, P., Davey, R., and Evans, M. (2015), Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyle Review: A Multi-criteria decision analysis, Department of Health.

Evans, M. (2014), Opportunities and Challenges for the Reform of Public AdministrationArising from the Arab Transitions – Defining the Challenge, Making the Change, report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme, New York, UNDP.

Evans, M., Halupka, M., & Stoker, G. (2014), The Power of One Voice – power, powerlessness and Australian democracy, Canberra, Museum of Australian Democracy.

MARK EVANS in THE CONVERSATION

Evans, M. and Halupka, M. The Indi Project: who do Indi voters trust to run the country? 22 June 2016.

Evans, M., Stoker, G. and Halupka, M. Now for the big question: who do you trust to run the country? 3 May 2016.

Evans, M. and Stoker, G. Will Budget 2016 deliver a new deal for Australian cities? 28 April 2016.

Evans, M. and Grattan, M. VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on same-sex marriage. 29 May 2015.

Evans, M., Stoker, G. and Halupka, M. Generational divide when ‘doing politics’ vanishes on need to fix it. 3 March 2015.

Evans, M. To revive long-term democratic thinking we have to innovate. 16 July 2014.

Evans, M. Why do Australians hate politics? 11 July 2013. 

MARK EVANS ON AUSBUDGET

Evans, M., Halupka, M. and Stoker, G. NATSEM BUDGET 2016: WHO DO YOU TRUST TO RUN THE COUNTRY?

Dunleavy, P. and Evans, M. NATSEM BUDGET 2016: TOWARDS DIGITAL-ERA GOVERNANCE?

Stoker, G. and Evans, M. WILL BUDGET 2016 DELIVER A NEW DEAL FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIES?

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