President Cyril Ramaphosa must prioritise evidence-based policy making.
Ramaphosa’s "new dawn" will require a rigorous evidence-base of what works to guide high-level policy planning and design.
The Gauteng City-Region is home to a quarter of South Africa’s population.
The latest data offer a vital resource for understanding Gauteng's multi-faceted challenges.
In a technology-driven and interconnected world, the speed of creation and dissemination of knowledge makes it even more central to economic growth that it was fifty years ago.
The Indonesian public sector has some challenges to overcome to be able to design better policies.
Scientists must remember that farmers are focused on the best return from their inputs with little risk as possible.
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Soil scientists have rarely gone the extra mile to translate their knowledge into forms that can be integrated into economic decision making.
The HECS system is a hybrid policy approach that ensures Australian universities remain accessible while funding remains sustainable.
From the 20th-century process of policy trial and error, the nations that married the strengths of markets and government came out ahead.
In Papua, the country’s easternmost province, reports say at least 61 children have died from malnutrition and measles. Photo of mother and child in a church in Asmat district, taken on January 22, 2018.
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Health research in Indonesia are mostly kept in library shelves instead of being used in policymaking.
Coal stockpile at Valley Power Plant, Milwaukee, Wis.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a Trump administration proposal to reward coal and nuclear power plants for storing fuel on-site, as a way to make the power system more reliable.
The Australian government has plenty of ministers, but not one of them oversees the whole $6 trillion housing sector.
New research finds a state of confusion when it comes to Australian government policymaking on housing, despite its huge economic and social significance.
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers.
Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
Of 1082 Indigenous specific.
programs identified in the report,
92% have never been evaluated to see if they are achieving their objectives.
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.
Piles of evidence don’t make any difference if they’re not being used to develop policy.
Researchers and policymakers need to talk to each other. If they don't, important research will merely gather dust and policies might do more harm than good.
What’s the point of academics producing amazing research if they don’t share it widely with the general public?
Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?
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.
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
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.
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…