Influencing policy making in the engagement and impact era

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 08 August 2019


Coombs Extension 1.13
ANU Canberra


Emeritus Professor Jon Altman


Jill Mowbray-Tsutsumi

This highly interactive workshop will focus on the role of academics in the policy making process and the changing nature of the role of parliamentary and departmental inquiries over time. It will detail the process of parliamentary submission writing, including tips on how to influence the terms of reference for inquiries, how to maximise the potential to make an impact, and how to prepare to give expert evidence and advice in a number of contexts including as an expert legal witness. At once the workshop wants to highlight the proper role of academics in influencing evidence-based policy-making while at the same time critiquing governmental demands for ‘engagement and impact’ metrics in the ‘post truth’ present when the Australian state seems to be increasingly selective in what ‘evidence-based’ advice it is willing to consider. The metaphoric reference to ‘ERA’ in the workshop’s title also looks to open up for sympathetic discussion the competing pressures that early career academics face in the trade-off between often competing ERA and EI metrics (not to mention media engagement) that are used to value performance and in turn impact on prospects.

Emeritus Professor Jon Altman is an economist and anthropologist who has spent decades seeking to influence policy and policy-makers in the area of indigenous policy in Australia. This imperative saw him involved in the establishment of the centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the ANU where he was foundation director 1990-2010.

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