There is growing emphasis in the government on making service delivery choices that are based on the best available evidence and data. However, government leaders often face substantial challenges in lacking real-time, accurate data, which makes it more likely that policymakers would make decisions based on anecdote, political pressure, or public criticism, rather than outcomes and performance measurements.
Criterion Conferences brings you the Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy & Programs conference, to explore innovative ideas to overcome challenges in data availability and evidence collection. You will explore strategies and action plans to determine the effectiveness of public programs and bridge the gaps in systems for improvement. You will join other industry leaders to discuss approaches to evaluate and analyse outcomes, strategies to develop close links between service goals, implementation actions, and better outcomes for clients and citizens.
How did our attendees benefit at our previous Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy conferences?
- 90% would recommend this conference to their industry peers
- 85% referred to the event as an excellent platform to address challenges & create viable strategies
- 89% appreciated the many networking opportunities
Who will attend?
Senior representatives of Commonwealth, State Government & Local Government with responsibility for:
- Data Analysis
Attend to learn how to
- Utilise data insights & evidence to support policy and programs
- Leverage innovative approaches for policy design
- Ensure successful policy & program implementation
- Evaluate & monitor performance to improve outcomes
- CASE STUDY: Delivering better services for citizens to develop more informed & targeted policies
- PANEL DISCUSSION: Overcoming the challenges in improving data availability & quality
- Talking about evidence: a reflective and diagnostic tool for teams
- How government works better with the community to improve local outcomes
- Developing a culture of evaluation & evidence to underpin EBP & delivery
- Leveraging effective evaluation to guide decision- making & strengthen policy & program outcomes
- Systems approach to evaluation and whole-of-government level data
- CASE STUDY: BETA’s first three year – on overcoming bias with RCTs
Australian Taxation Office
Misha has over 13 years’ experience achieving transformative economic and social outcomes from within government as well as a consulting advisor, drawing on her knowledge and passion in systems-thinking, design, behavioural economics, innovation and building government organisational capability.
More broadly Misha is also known for supporting women’s issues and leadership and has designed and facilitated mentoring programs for women.
Joining the ATO in August 2019, Misha is currently leading an altitude shift to the purpose, vision and role of ATO’s design capability. She is driving a shift towards a transdisciplinary approach that integrates systems-thinking, design and behavioural insights, in order to more effectively support the ATO and government in understanding and responding to complex challenges. This includes thinking more holistically about the tax and superannuation system within Australia in order to consider opportunities to lift willing participation and overall system health using behavioural and other interventions.
Academically, Misha is also undertaking her doctoral research in the promise that taking a more transdisciplinary approach to solving public sector problems can have, utilising the new model she has developed for the ATO as a basis for this research. She has presents on this model in multiple forums, including the upcoming International Society for Public Sector Research Conference in Finland, April 2020.
Department of Health
Mr Porter leads the Data and Analytics Branch in the Department of Health, with broad responsibility for analytics projects, research and development, capability improvement, data development, and data governance and privacy.
Mr Porter has almost twenty years’ experience across the Health portfolio, and has worked on a diverse range of health policy and programs, including leading the Department’s strategic policy development; public hospital and Medicare financing; health technology assessment; medical indemnity; private health insurance; Commonwealth-State relations; and data and analytics.
After joining the Australian Public Service in 2000, Mr Porter was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours in Physiology, and prior to joining the APS, he worked in scientific research.
NSW Ministry of Health
Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA)
Scott works for the Behavioural Economics team (BETA) in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he is the senior advisor for data and evaluation. He has a PhD in medical science and spent time as a postdoctoral scientist. His professional interests include research methodology, metascience, and improving the openness and rigor of research and evaluation.
What People Are Saying
“The Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy conference provided a great overview from a diverse range of speakers about how they are working to deliver evidence into their policy advice in the face of an array of current challenges in the public policy space.”Principal Implementation Officer, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
Date: 19 Feb 2020 By: Criterion Content Team
Once a fad, behavioural insights have become an entrenched tool to improve the effectiveness of public policy. Research from OECD shows strong support for behavioural insights among senior governmental leaders who see the tool as a means for supporting better regulatory design and delivery and broader reform agendas. Currently, behavioural insights are used at a …
Date: 3 Feb 2017 By: Richard Jackson
The first few weeks of the Trump presidency have marked a dramatic change in direction for the American government and have unfortunately signaled alarming developments for evidence based policy. Trump has ordered a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. The administration is also mandating …
Date: 24 Feb 2016 By: James Fedorow
We are now living in a world where data increasingly plays a large role in providing insights on which we can base our decisions. However, all data is not the same and as it forms the basis of decisions or actions, there is more importance placed on ensuring that we use relevant information. There are …
Date: 9 Nov 2015 By: Professor Simon Chapman
This is an excerpt from Professor Simon Chapman’s book, ‘Removing the emperor’s new clothes: Australia and tobacco plain packaging’. “At its simplest, the story is one of the public good against commercial evil – governments and health authorities introducing an evidence-based measure in the face of ferocious opposition from a lethal and discredited, but still …
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