• Publications
  • Influence
Wicked Problems
The concept of “wicked problems” has attracted increasing focus in policy research, but the implications for public organizations have received less attention. This article examines the mainExpand
Three lenses of evidence-based policy
This article discusses recent trends to incorporate the results of systematic research (or ‘evidence’) into policy development, program evaluation and program improvement. This process is consistentExpand
Community Engagement: Participation on Whose Terms?
  • B. Head
  • Political Science
  • 1 September 2007
Community engagement and citizen participation have long been important themes in liberal democratic theory, although managerial versions of liberal democracy have typically been dominant. In theExpand
Reconsidering evidence-based policy: Key issues and challenges
Abstract The evidence-based policy (EBP) movement has sought to promote rigorous analysis of service programs and policy options in order to improve the quality of decision-making. Rigorous researchExpand
Why not ask them? Mapping and promoting youth participation
Recent policy frameworks for addressing the well-being of young people have increasingly adopted a prevention framework that emphasises age-relevant support, a social inclusion approach, targetedExpand
Wicked Problems in Public Policy
Some of the most difficult policy problems of the modern era have been described as complex, intractable, open-ended and 'wicked'. What are the key features of such problems? And are they really veryExpand
Toward More “Evidence-Informed” Policy Making?
The quality of public decision making depends significantly on the quality of analysis and advice provided through public organizations. Champions of “evidence-informed” policy making claim thatExpand
Assessing network-based collaborations
Abstract This article suggests that network collaborations are likely to vary in important ways depending on the nature of the issue/challenge being addressed and the range of stakeholders involved.Expand
Determinants of young Australians’ environmental actions: the role of responsibility attributions, locus of control, knowledge and attitudes
The current study investigates determinants of young Australians’ pro-environmental intentions and actions. Two samples of young people took part in the research: 12 - 17-year-olds (N = 1529)Expand
Australian politicians’ beliefs about climate change: political partisanship and political ideology
Despite the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change and its implications, there is considerably less certainty or strength of belief among the general public in some industrialisedExpand