APO will be out and about in the coming months, attending many conferences and events – if you see us come and say hello!
APO Director Amanda Lawrence presented at the HealthInfoNet Roundtable on 6 June in Melbourne. HealthInfoNet is an organisation ‘helping to close the gap by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’. HealthInfoNet have recently updated their website, and have developed a short video on the redesign. This site is crucial to anyone working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait health sector.
VCOSS Good Life Summit
With a state election coming up in Victoria, the Victorian Council of Social Service VCOSS Good Life Summit on 13 June delivered a terrific day of presentations, conversations and networking across the policy and social sectors. In the words of VCOSS: ‘Delivering a good life for all Victorians, regardless of their background or individual circumstances, must be on the agenda for the 2018 State Election, and beyond.’
In 2017 APO held its first public forum to celebrate our 15 year anniversary and bring together key partners and friends to discuss some of the many pressing issues in the delivery of evidence-informed public policy and better access and use of research. Videos of the presentations are available here.
This was the first of what we now consider to be an annual event. So please mark your calendars for the 2018 APO Annual Forum which will be held on Thursday 25 October in Melbourne – again at the Engineers Australia conference space in the city. It is the day after the Global Evidence and Implementation conference so a great week to be in Melbourne!
If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the program please get in touch with Emily Silvester (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Zwagerman (email@example.com) – it is still very open at this stage. We will be finalising the program in August following discussion with the APO Advisory Board and input from the APO community.
APO got started on the Linked Semantic Platforms for Policy and Practice (LSP) project on the 6 March, with a kick-off meeting at the Hawthorn Arts Centre in Melbourne.
Funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant, the LSP project is significant because it aims to revolutionise the way researchers are able to access, and analyse policy documents and data. The main objective of the two-year LSP Project is to develop the next generation of decision-support tools for interdisciplinary research on critical public policy issues.
By applying linked open data, knowledge graphs and collaborations across existing research infrastructure projects, the project will improve interoperability across major social science databases. The ultimate outcome of this project will be the creation of new analytical tools that will transform the research capabilities for evidence-based policy making. The LSP project also aligns closely with the Research Graph pilot project that APO is currently involved with an launching at Research Data Alliance Plenary in Berlin in March. Continue reading “ARC LIEF Linked Semantic Platforms kick-off meeting”
APO’s inaugural Annual Forum brought together policy makers, researchers, and industry experts from all over Australia to discuss the many issues facing evidence, expertise and information access in public policy and practice.
Entitled ‘Evidence, impact and access to knowledge for policy and practice’, the forum was held on the 28th of November in Melbourne. It covered a wide range of topics, including: evidence, impact and the policy process; data, tools and platforms for access and analysis of policy issues; the challenges of information access and use; and improving the system for better public policy and access to knowledge. Continue reading “APO Annual Forum: Program slides and videos”