policy research

Successful Public Policy: Lessons from Australia and New Zealand

This book is a collection of 20 examples of successful public policies in Australia and New Zealand. It aims to reset the agenda for teaching, research and dialogue on public policy performance. It seeks to engage with the conceptual, methodological and theoretical challenges research seeking to evaluate, explain and design successful public policy has often come up against. The book is available as a free download in multiple formats, or can be purchased as a print copy.

Public Impact Fundamentals and Observatory

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.

Making a difference: M&E of policy research

The paper presents examples and approaches on conducting M&E of policy research from the current experience of a range of research institutes, think tanks and funding bodies. The approaches have been divided into the following five key performance areas: Strategy and direction; Management; Outputs; Uptake; and Outcomes and impacts. Research programmes or institutes may wish to focus on only one of these areas, or may combine approaches across the areas to form a more comprehensive M&E plan.