APO Annual Forum: Program slides and videos

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”

APO holiday closure and Newsletter break

As 2017 draws to a close, we would like to wish all our readers, contributors, advertisers and partners a safe and happy holiday season.

APO’s offices will close on Friday, 22 December 2017 and reopen on Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

The Daily and Weekly Newsletter Services will end on Friday, 22 December 2017, and resume on Monday, 15 January 2018.

The website remains open and content posted during this time will be included in the January newsletters.

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season.


Contribute to APO for research engagement and impact


Posting your research publications, discussion papers, data, videos and other resources to APO is a great way to find new audiences via our newsletters and Twitter posts but APO is able to value add in many other ways.

When APO hosts your content we can provide metrics on downloads and pages views. We support better citation and interoperability of data and grey literature by applying APO DOIs (digital object identifiers) which act as permanent urls back to record. DOIs are used by other systems such as university research management software, social media monitoring companies such as Altmetrics and Plum Analytics, other identifier systems such as the researchers ID system Orcid etc. so they are becoming a key part of information plumbing. Continue reading “Contribute to APO for research engagement and impact”

APO Weekly Briefings are back

Aware of ever-growing amounts of public policy research, APO moved to a daily alert service a few months ago. However, some of you have told us you’d prefer to see just the biggest reports of the week.  Therefore we have reinstated Weekly Briefings on Wednesday in addition to our Daily Briefings from Monday to Friday.

APO Weekly Briefings contain a mix of the most read reports each week plus editors’ picks of reports we think should have received more attention.  If you would prefer to receive a weekly digest – or would like these in addition to your daily dose – please update your subscription preferences in the footer of your APO newsletter or visit our Subscribe page here.

In coming weeks we will bring back our subject focussed emails too.  APO now offers more choice for more people. Please tell your friends and colleagues if you think they would benefit from any of our free APO offerings.

APO Data hosting and testing now underway

open data imageThanks to an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) grant the APO team has been working on setting up our repository to be able to host datasets as well as documents, audio, video and other content. We have been able to do this for sometime and already have around 100 datasets available however our new system provides better metadata and relationships that will allow us to easily relate data to publications internally and eventually to external content.

We are now in the testing phase and would encourage anyone with data relevant to policy and practice issues or datasets related to reports or content that is being published and disseminated through APO to try uploading your data as well.

If you would like any assistance or would be willing to be part of a testing process that we are undertaking with Richard Ferrers from ANDS please email editors@apo.org.au

Looking for background? Try our expanding policy history collections

Here at APO, we are proud to bring you the latest policy research, data and reports. That said, we know that many valuable resources were published before the age of the internet. These resources are key to understanding historical context and path dependencies—informing policy research and current practice.

With this in mind, we are expanding our historic collections with a new digitisation program as part of an Australian Research Council LIEF grant. Last year we purchased a Table Top Scribe from the Internet Archive (the first in Australia) and this is now set up in our offices at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. Our Urban and Regional Editor is sourcing and digitising key urban history resources – starting with working papers published by ANU’s former Urban Research Unit. The working papers will be available on APO as text searchable PDF and in a range of formats from our US partners Internet Archive. Continue reading “Looking for background? Try our expanding policy history collections”