Policy Research Programs
- The HC Coombs Policy Forum coordinates Policy Research Programs to strengthen policy-relevant research capacity across ANU, identifying opportunities to leverage existing research capacity in areas of importance to the government policy community, wherever possible conducting this work in partnership with APS staff as joint activities.
- The PRPs will also serve to anchor other activities, such as capacity-building workshops, public lectures and international visitors, to priority policy research activities. These programs will also incorporate horizon-scanning exercises designed to inform policy-making and public debate over the coming years.
- Productivity in the Private and Public Sector PRP led by Chris Vas will focus on the issue for long-term productivity growth in the Australian economy. This program aims to contribute to: (a) enhancing policy thinking through international comparative studies on productivity (b) future analytical work conducted by the Australian Government in support of the Intergenerational Report, (c) emerging perspectives of the role and importance of innovation in both the private and public sectors, and; (d) identifying the role of business, skills and education, and other relevant social policy and workplace reforms that will influence long term productivity.
- Policy Futures – Scenarios for the Future of the Nation PRP led by Chris Vas will incorporate reflecting on the possible long-term issues that will influence Australia’s economy. This program will aim to develop scenarios through cross-sectoral engagement with the Australian Government, academic researchers, representatives from industry and other relevant sectors. Emerging trends, patterns and themes will be further examined through research. To ascertain the rigor of current policy settings this PRP will also pursue back-casting exercises. The aim of the program is not to predict one future but to describe plausible futures, which we can prepare for and against which current policy frameworks can be tested.
- Science, Technology and Public Policy PRP led by Paul Harris will work in partnership with government and researchers from a wide range of disciplines. This PRP will examine both "policy for science" and "science for policy" questions, initially focusing on issues such as measuring the impact of public investments in research, the role of science as an input to policy processes, and the role of government in maximising the benefits to society from technological change.
- Social Policy and Participation PRP led by Sue Regan will focus on Australia’s long-term workforce participation challenge, in the context of broader social policy concerns and new perspectives on social policy. How to increase workforce participation, and to do so in a way which balances economic and social objectives, is a major challenge for Australia in the future. The work will bring together academia and government on a number of aspects of the challenge, including how to increase participation of mothers and of older workers. Drawing on domestic and international experience, it will also inform the Government’s review of Employment Services post 2015.
- Innovation in National Accounts PRP led by Dr Judith Ajani aims to connect Australian public servants, researchers and national statisticians to contribute to innovation in the development and application of national accounting frameworks as a major information resource for Australian policy making, research and public policy debate. We are working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and scientists to implement the first stage of the PRP which is focussed to carbon stock accounting to complement existing flows-based accounts. This PRP will address the user need for carbon stock data; develop an accounting framework that enables connections with other information systems, including the System of National Accounts; undertake an experiment to populate a carbon stock account and in so doing further refine the account classifications, terminology and methods; and assess what is needed for regularly producing a carbon stock account for Australia. With mounting interest in carbon stock accounting in Australia and globally, the PRP will significantly enhance Australia’s global contribution to the development of fundamental information for policy and research.