Strengthening Evidence-based Policy in the Australian Federation
The Productivity Commission’s 2009 roundtable was organised around the topic Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy in the Australian Federation, and held at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 17-18 August 2009.
Participants included government officials, academics, consultants and representatives of non-government organisations. Keynote addresses were presented by Dr Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and Professor Jeffrey Smith of the University of Michigan.
The roundtable discussed the principles of the evidence-based policy movement and reviewed how well Australian use of evidence conformed to best practice. It then considered how to improve the availability of quality evidence, and reviewed possible institutional developments to embed good use of evidence more firmly into policy-making.
The roundtable proceedings are being published to enable a wider audience access to the information and insights that emerged. This volume includes papers by the speakers and a summary of the key points covered in the discussion sessions. A second volume is a background paper prepared by Commission staff and provided to roundtable participants.
The Commission is grateful to the speakers, discussants, participants and others whose contributions made the roundtable such a valuable exercise.
Download the proceedings
- Volume 1: Proceedings – Strengthening Evidence-based Policy in the Australian Federation – Roundtable proceedings (PDF – 1213 Kb)
- Volume 2: Background Paper – Strengthening Evidence-based Policy in the Australian Federation – Roundtable proceedings (PDF – 415 Kb)
- Volume 1 by chapters
- Volume 2 by chapters
- Preliminaries (PDF – 134 Kb)
Cover, Copyright, Foreword and Contents
- Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF – 83 Kb) – Gary Banks, Chairman, Productivity Commission
Session 1 Evidence-based policy: Its principles and development
- Chapter 2 Evidence-based policy: principles and requirements (PDF – 112 Kb) – Brian Head
- Chapter 3 With a scope so wide: using evidence to innovate, improve, manage, budget (PDF – 158 Kb) – Ron Haskins
- Chapter 4 Putting the evidence in evidence-based policy (PDF – 175 Kb) – Jeffrey Smith and Arthur Sweetman
- General discussion and dinner address (PDF – 60 Kb)
Session 2 How robust is our evidence-based policy making?
- Chapter 5 Reflections on four Australian case studies of evidence-based policy (PDF – 279 Kb) – Bruce Chapman
- Chapter 6 Evaluating major infrastructure projects: how robust are our processes? (PDF – 212 Kb) – Henry Ergas and Alex Robson
- Chapter 7 Evidence-based policy: reflections from New Zealand (PDF – 102 Kb) – Grant Scobie
- General discussion (PDF – 41 Kb)
Session 3 From rhetoric to practice how do we improve the availability and quality of evidence?
- Chapter 8 Facilitating better linkages between evidence and health policy: the role of the Cochrane Collaboration (PDF – 87 Kb) – Sally Green and Miranda Cumpston
- Chapter 9 Learning from the evidence about evidence-based policy (PDF – 148 Kb) – Patricia Rogers
- Chapter 10 Evidence-based policy: summon the randomistas? (PDF – 104 Kb) – Andrew Leigh
- General discussion (PDF – 43 Kb)
Session 4 Institutionalising an evidence-based approach how can an evaluation culture be embedded into policy-making
- Chapter 11 Institutionalising an evidence-based approach to policy making: the case of the human capital reform agenda (PDF – 140 Kb) – Peter Dawkins
- Chapter 12 Drawing on Powerful Practitioner-Based Knowledge to Drive Policy Development, Implementation and Evaluation (PDF – 73 Kb) – Robert Griew
- Chapter 13 Intelligent federalism: accountability arrangements under COAG’s reform of federal financial relations (PDF – 123 Kb) – Mary Ann O’Loughlin
- General discussion (PDF – 56 Kb)
Session 5 What have we learned and where to from here?
- Preliminaries (PDF – 127 Kb)
Cover, Copyright, Contents and Preface
- Key points (PDF – 40 Kb)
- Chapter 1 Evidence-based policy (PDF – 61 Kb)
- Chapter 2 Methodological principles (PDF – 184 Kb)
- Chapter 3 Institutional and process issues (PDF – 115 Kb)
- Appendix A Why did the US crime rate fall in the 1990s? Evaluation lessons from a cause celebre (PDF – 101 Kb)
- References (PDF – 69 Kb)