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Of 1082 Indigenous specific. programs identified in the report, 92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives. AAP/Dan Peled

How to get a better bang for the taxpayers’ buck in all sectors, not only Indigenous programs

A new report highlights how little we know about what works and what doesn't when it comes to publicly-funded Indigenous programs. It's a similar story in other policy areas – but we can do better.
When Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister, the innovation debate began in earnest, but some of Australia’s rivals have a head start in the fierce global contest of ideas. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Battle of ideas is on as election-year innovation debate starts to make up for lost time

Politicians and policymakers are at last grappling with the urgent need to generate new ideas and fresh ways of doing things. But in the race to the top, Australia has barely reached base camp.
The production of indicators, such as the World Economic Forum’s ranking of economies on competitiveness, is a political process. Reuters/Victor Ruiz Garcia

Explainer: how indicators have the power to shape our world

Governance indicators have become essential for policy formation and political decision-making, helping us make sense of the messy social world, manage and govern it.
Subjecting job seekers to bogus personality tests, as the UK did, was a misuse of behavioural insights. Lucky Business/Shutterstock

The promise and perils of giving the public a policy ‘nudge’

Do you consider yourself a rational person? For the most part, you probably are. If something hurts, you’ll stop doing it. If you like something, you’ll buy more of it, but you’ll rethink your decision…

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