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Ten Reasons Not to Measure Impact—and What to Do Instead

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“Impact evaluations are an important tool for learning about effective solutions to social problems, but they are a good investment only in the right circumstances. In the meantime, organizations must build an internal culture in which the right data are regularly collected, analyzed, and applied to manage implementation and improve programs.”

Source: Gugerty, MK., & Karlan, D. (2018). Stanford Social Innovation Review and available from this link [open access].

Bega Valley Fires Independent Review


“While this Review is critical in some parts, it should not be seen as anything other than a strong supporter of the 85,000 volunteers in organisations such as the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), Fire Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the NSW State Emergency Service (SES). These people give of their time week in and week out to provide a capability to the State of NSW that no government could afford. They and the community members who help them in a time of crisis are an outstanding example of the pathway to building resilient communities. What was known as a typical bushfire season lasting a few months over summer has now extended to almost eight months of the year not including hazard reduction activities and strategies. Bushfires burning in south east Sydney in the middle of April 2018 is a good example of the extension of the bushfire season.”

Source: Keelty, M. (2018).  NSW Dept of Justice Office of Emergency Management and available from this link [open access].

Enabling Middle Managers as Change Agents: Why Organisational Support Needs to Change

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“Change efforts frequently fail to achieve their desired outcome with failure often attributed to employee resistance to change. Literature on resistance indicates it can emerge from ineffective change management. This article argues that change management could be improved through middle managers actively undertaking a change intermediary role, thereby enabling employees to make sense of, and reframe, the change.”

Source: Buick, F., Blackman, D., & Johnson, S. (2018). Australian Journal of Public Administration, and available from this link [subscription journal].

How to Increase Voluntary Participation in Programs Using Behavioural Insights

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“Reducing reoffending is a state priority in New South Wales. New sentencing reforms will increase referrals to behaviour change programs or other support services for people who are at high-risk of reoffending. Yet non-mandatory programs can often have low participation rates, particularly when programs are new.”

Source: NSW Dept of Premier and Cabinet (2018). Available from this link [open access].

How to implement and sustain organizational change

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“In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey senior implementation leaders Blake Lindsay and Nick Waugh speak with Simon London about the hard work of implementing and sustaining change in organizations—a priority that needs attention from the executive leadership and the frontline managers of each team.”

Source: McKinsey Podcast (2018) and available from this link [open access].

Can AI predict crime?

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“Could an artificial intelligence predict a crime before it happens, and provide authorities with precise information about when and where and who is about to commit a crime? Computer scientists are already working on this kind of technology and the first trails are underway.”

Source: Radio National Big Ideas program and available from this link (open access).

Service delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: final report


“This final report sets out a reform proposal to enable the Queensland Government and communities to achieve real, long lasting and sustainable change. It includes a substantial and ambitious package of reforms—structural, service delivery and economic—to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop ways to improve outcomes for themselves. This will also require effective implementation to establish and embed this new approach.”

Source: Queensland Productivity Commission (2018) and available from this link [open access].

Pathways to Justice–Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men are 14.7 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous men. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 21.2 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous women. The ALRC was asked to consider laws and legal frameworks that contribute to the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and inform decisions to hold or keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody. Implementation of ALRC recommendations will reduce the disproportionate rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve community safety.”

Source: Australian Law Reform Commission (2018) and available from this link [open access].

FEMA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

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“The 2018-2022 Strategic Plan creates a shared vision for the field of emergency management and sets an ambitious, yet achievable, path forward to unify and further professionalize emergency management across the country. We invite all of our stakeholders and partners to also adopt these priorities and join us in building a stronger Agency and a more prepared and resilient Nation.”

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and available from this link [open access].

Domestic burglary drop and the security hypothesis

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“The study concludes that there is strong evidence that security caused the decline in burglary in England and Wales in the 1990s. Testing the security hypothesis across a wider range of crime types, countries and forms of security than examined to date, is required both to understand the crime drop and to derive lessons for future crime prevention practice and policy.”

Source: Tseloni, A., Farrell, G., Thompson, R., Evans, E., & Tilley, N. (2017). Crime Science, and available from this link [open access].