EventConference4th December, 2015AustraliaPaid
Not easily pinned down, the concept of individualisation is one that shifts in meaning between different social policy sectors and processes. However, recent practices and policy trends indicate a rising focus on individual agency, rights and responsibilities, and users’ capacity to make choices about services and support. This symposium seeks to ask what the underlying assumptions of individualisation are; whether individualisation is broadly applicable; whether it is shaped differently in different areas of social policy and service delivery; how individualisation aligns with current policy intentions; and what the implications of an increased focus on individualisation within social policy might be? The symposium will address issues in the areas of aged care, housing, disability services, children and families, and active labour markets. Presenters will draw on recent case studies and research to tease out the complexities of this shifting landscape.
The Public Impact Fundamentals are a framework developed by the Centre for Public Impact to assess what makes a successful policy outcome and describe what can be done to maximise the chances of achieving public impact. The Fundamentals are complemented by the Centre's Public Impact Observatory - a library of hundreds of public policy case studies that have been analysed using the Fundamentals.
This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
The literature in this area highlights much of the complexity inherent in the policymaking process, as well as the challenges around finding meaningful ways to measure research uptake. As a tool, ‘theories of change’ offers much, but the paper argues that the very complexity and dynamism of the research-to-policy process means that any theory of change will be inadequate in this context. Therefore, rather than overcomplicating a static depiction of change at the start (to be evaluated at the end), incentives need to be in place to regularly collect evidence around the theory, test it periodically, and then reflect and reconsider its relevance and assumptions.
National Evaluation Systems in the public service: Institutionalizing evidence informed policy and decision makingEventWorkshop28th June, 2021 to 2nd July, 2021OnlinePaid
What is institutionalisation of evaluation in the public service, why it is important in public policy and how to institutionalise evaluation within the public service? The workshop explores evaluation policy, approaches to build capacity to supply and demand evaluations, evaluation standards, and approaches to ensuring use of evaluation.