Research and Policy Impact
Around the world, there is more demand for academic research to have real-world impact. Australia is not immune to this trend. Across the nation, more universities are creating impact hubs to help researchers connect.
Academic and professional literature tells us that this challenge is not an easy one. It points to multiple factors that limit this change. Through multiple means, NATSEM works hard to translate its work with impact.
NATSEM contributes to national and parliamentary inquiries.
NATSEM’s Research Insight series uses current and emerging research to provide insight into social issues of national and international importance.
Our team also contributes regularly to publicly available research sites:
- Laurie Brown on The Conversation
- Hai Anh La on The Conversation
- Jinjing Li on The Conversation : BroadAgenda
- Riyana Miranti on BroadAgenda : East Asia Forum
- Brenton Prosser on The Conversation : Mandarin
- Rob Tanton on The Conversation
- Yogi Vidyattama on The Conversation
Often, today’s complex policy problems need more than just economic answers. Our extensive experience in social modelling and evaluation means that we can design the right mixed method approach for ‘wicked’ policy problems.
Applied research to support policy, programs and services that work for everyone is essential to an effective and fair system. The NATSEM team includes people with broad experience in academia, policy and the sector that partner to guarantee real impact for research with all Australians, including the poor and vulnerable.
NATSEM’s projects lie mainly in key policy areas of:
- Home Affairs
- Human Services
- Social Services
- Regional Australia
To find out more about the potential for NATSEM to support your department or agency, visit our Partnerships page.
Bridging the Gap
In recent years, there has been a steady stream of academic conferences, workshops, and publications that focus on better integrating research and policy. There has also been a growing interest amongst policy-makers. The Mandarin hosts a research series on this challenge.
NATSEM is also dedicated to bridging the gap between independent, rigorous, scholarly work and relevant, influential, applied research. Our network has contributed the following to this important debate.
- Geddes, M., Dommett, K. & Prosser, B. 2018, A recipe for impact? Exploring knowledge requirements in the UK parliament and beyond
- Stoker, G & Evans, M. 2016 Evidence-based Policy Making in the Social Sciences: methods that matter
- Prosser, B. & Denniss, R. 2015. Minority Policy: Rethinking governance for when parliament matters
- Prosser, B., Clark, S. & Davey, R. 2013. Developing a public health policy-research nexus: an evaluation of Nurse Practitioner models in aged care
- Prosser, B. 2013. The Policy Success Heuristic and Social Policy
- Prosser, B & Peters, C. 2010. Directions in disaster resilience policy
NATSEM also provides masterclasses, workshops and training on research-policy impact, including training on how to use our models for your policy needs. To find out more, email natsem | at | canberra.edu.au.