4B. Complex social policy evaluation in disruptive times: Co-production and partnerships

Date: Thursday 28 October

Time: 11.30AM–01.30PM

Chairs: Professor Tim Reddel, Dr Caroline Salom & Dr Lutfun Nahar Lata - Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), The University of Queensland (UQ) 

Session overview

Contemporary social policy reflects a complex interplay between policy design, legislation, program delivery, and evaluation across a range of fields including health, housing, poverty and inequality reduction, education, and family support. Policy makers are increasingly interested in using evidence-based analysis and employing co-production techniques to work with multiple stakeholders to address the causes, consequences, and solutions for social policy problems. Such partnership approaches come with multiple opportunities and challenges. Drawing from the Institute for Social Science Research’s (ISSR) extensive experience in working collaboratively with government and the private and not-for-profit sectors to understand, influence and evaluate social policies, this panel explores researchers’ experiences of co-producing knowledge. The presenters will share their experiences in co-design and co-production in the fields of poverty, welfare and social inequalities, communities, families and children, housing, and health. The panel will highlight the contribution of partnership approaches for complex social policy evaluation in disruptive times.  

Presenters  

Collaboration and partnership approaches to foster greater public policy impact for social science research 
Professor Tim Reddel, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland

Evaluation capability building with not-for-profit sectors
Associate Professor Jenny Povey, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland 

The National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program Overarching Evaluation
Professor Simon Smith, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland

Queensland Housing Strategy Research and Evaluation Program  
Professor Tim Reddel & Dr Lutfun Nahar Lata, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland 

Co-developing a systems-informed Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework with Health and Wellbeing Queensland
Dr Mark Robinson, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland

Evaluation capability building with government and the private and not-for-profit sectors
Dr Caroline Salom, Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), University of Queensland                                                                                                                                                                                     

 
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