Parliamentary Triangle Seminar Series

EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: METHODS THAT MATTER

Mon 21 November 2016Members Dining Room, Old Parliament HouseOld Parliament House, Members Dining Room

Date: Monday 21 November
Time: 5pm for a 5.30pm start
Venue: Members Dining Room, Old Parliament House

You are invited to the join us in celebrating the launch of the book

EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY MAKING IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: METHODS THAT MATTER

Developing and using a sound evidence base to inform decision-making is one of the key competence areas for policy professionals. To mark the publication of a new book edited by Professor Gerry Stoker (University of Canberra/Southampton) and Professor Mark Evans (University of Canberra), the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis invites you to an event to discuss how different social science methods – some well-established, some more novel- can help provide evidence based insights to inform policy advice. You will have the opportunity to hear from – and interrogate - the editors, of the publication and other experts in the field. Drawing on a best practice workshop convened last year with the Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, Industry, Infrastructure and others, the book aligns with the Government’s focus on doing policy differently through embracing innovation and diversity.

Social science has a range of methods that can provide evidenced based policy insights to meet this challenge. There are new forms of discovery just waiting to be found. We want you to be able to touch base with the latest best practice on the use of Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, the analysis of Big Data, design thinking, qualitative techniques for comparison using Boolean and fuzzy set logic, citizen science, deliberative policy analysis, visioning techniques, the use of narrative for policy makers and citizens, cluster analysis and microsimulation modelling . The book is a celebration of this diversity.

Of course, there are some difficult over-arching questions. Which methods of discovery are best for which policy challenge? Why is it so challenging to connect evidence to policy making? Our speakers will address these tricky questions.

Registration: This event is free for the public to attend. For catering and planning purposes, please

Register for the event : EVENTBRITE BY THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2016

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