I found Evidence Works 2016 to be positive and refreshing evidence in itself of great commitment and intelligent, locally-fashioned solutions to measurement and evaluation challenges by people from a wide array of countries.
At the Australian Productivity Commission, we are strong advocates of using data and analysis to illustrate, in engaging ways, for both the public and the politicians the true shape of a public policy problem and the way it is best addressed in an Australian context.
We can prove that such systems work, through our decades of experience in putting before governments, after development in open public process, the kind of thorough assessment work which both socialises change within the community and at the same time offers clear guidance on what is likely to work.
While not every one of our reports is immediately adopted, even where they are not the data stays in the public arena, and remains quoted persistently whenever the issue – still by definition unaddressed, and thus often recurring – attracts further calls for change. The evidence is an asset for the community to draw on, and creates its own case for well-managed reform.
The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission provides independent research and advice to Government on economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians.
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