The Australia and New Zealand School of Government will expand its research investment program by threefold, which, with dollar matching by government and other partners, will take its annual research funding to at least $1.5 million.
Professor Ken Smith, who took over from Professor Gary Banks as ANZSOG’s new dean and chief executive earlier this year, said the school would work more closely with partner governments to ensure the research has practical applications.
“While our research will remain independent, the matching funding and collaboration will help ensure that we are responding to the evolving needs of Australian and New Zealand governments and our research has a broader practical application.
“It will give us the chance to do rapid research, as well as longer, ongoing research programs in collaboration with our trans-Tasman member governments.
“We will continue to focus on research that has relevance across all jurisdictions, with an emphasis on building capacity and improving representation and diversity in the public sector.
“However we want to work with our partner governments to ensure that the research we produce has a practical application and can lift the quality of government in Australia. This can include evaluations of specific programs to analyse whether what the public sector is doing is working as intended.”
The school also announced that University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis will chair ANZSOG’s research committee.