Articles on Evidence based policy

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With so much research, data and evidence in the world, it’s tough to pull it together in a useful way. Shutterstock

Technology can make collecting and analysing evidence for policy easier

With accessible software tools and workflows, machines can be left to do the laborious work so that people can focus on planning, thinking and doing.
Treasury Secretary John Fraser now has plenty of company in calling for a ‘fundamental rethink’ of retirement income policy. AAP/Lukas Coch

Time to listen to the evidence for a rethink of super tax concessions

Over the last six months a public consensus has emerged among academics, think tanks, community organisations, elements of the superannuation industry and most politicians about superannuation.
Science is under attack but we must defend it if we want to improve politics in Australia. Victoria University

We must defend science if we want a prosperous future

Our nation’s future depends on the quality of its thinking and its leaders. As such, science must be at the core of our national discourse.
One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence. EPA/Alessandro Di Marco

To stop violence against women, we need to get men to help change social norms

A series of research projects is to take place in countries including Afghanistan, Palestine and South Africa to address our significant lack of knowledge about how to prevent physical and sexual violence…
Measuring progress on tackling the impact of poverty. Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

How to improve the chances of poor children at school

Overcoming educational disadvantage is not easy. Even before they enter the school gates for the first time, a variety of factors including inheritance, social class, parenting style and family income…
Social workers can successfully work with most families that find themselves in trouble without taking their children away. Nadezhda1906/Flickr

Child protection: how to keep vulnerable kids with their families

After a long period of expansion in the number of children living in out-of-home care, most modern child protection systems around the world have been labouring to prevent such placements. Instead, they’re…

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