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Randomistas: how radical researchers changed our world

Randomised trials are in your life, whether you like it or not. In most advanced countries, governments won’t pay for pharmaceuticals unless they’ve undergone a randomised evaluation. Increasingly, the world’s smartest aid agencies are looking for the same level of evidence before they allocate funds to a project. Read More

Social Security Reform: Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income

The 2018 Henderson Conference commemorates the 50th anniversary of Professor Ronald Henderson’s pivotal work on poverty in Australia. This collaboration between The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute and the Brotherhood of St Laurence examines how our social security system can better respond to poverty and inequality in Australia. Read More

Exploring social mobility as a driver of inclusive growth

Governments across the globe and in Australia spend billions every year on social measures and programs where the linkages and outcomes can be hard to see. Social mobility offers both a clarifying lens and a map to what works — and what doesn’t — to promote inclusive growth. Read More

Who ever heard of an independent evaluation?

There is no elephant in any of the rooms at the convention centre where the Australasian Evaluation Society is staging its annual conference in Canberra this week; it took centre stage in the opening keynote presentation. Read More

ASIC probes Centrelink corporate welfare bludger

Financial exploitation of welfare recipients through the Department of Human Services’ Centrepay automatic deductions facility is again under the regulatory spotlight after ASIC confirmed it is again investigating key ‘consumer leasing’ player, Radio Rentals. Read More