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A case study in creative funding arrangements: how the Indigenous Advancement Strategy grant program can be used to hand out money in a needlessly convoluted and opaque way

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The federal government sensibly linked its ambitions to boost economic development in northern Australia with its Indigenous affairs policies, but a lot of the details about how this works are hidden behind opaque funding arrangements. The key body that links the two federal policies is the Indigenous Reference Group appointed in August 2017 to advise […]

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The problem with knowing — and not knowing — a great deal about a complex policy matter, and how to overcome it

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If we know a great deal about something, we close our minds to alternative pathways, we share our knowledge with people who support our opinion and this, in turn, creates confirmation bias, and our creativity is constricted because we think we know what’s possible and dismiss anything that sounds unrealistic. Lyn Carson shoes how to mitigate these realities of being in governance and oversight positions.

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New York City paid a corporate consulting firm millions to stem jail violence. Instead, violence soared. A lesson learned

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The corporate consulting firm reported bogus numbers and flailed in a project at Rikers Island. Today, assaults and other attacks there are up almost 50%. In April 2017, partners from McKinsey & Company sent a confidential final report to the New York City corrections commissioner. They had spent almost three years leading an unusual project […]