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28th - 29th, January 2021
Virtual / Streaming

Maximise evidence for forward thinking policy development


- Navigate evidence-based policy fundamentals
- Provide sound strategic, evidence-based analysis and forward-looking policy advice
- Understand and use scientific and non-scientific opinions and their anticipated impact on policy-making
- Maximise qualitative and quantitative data sets
- Unpack common misconceptions around evidence-based policy
- Explore the role of evidence in risk management
- Understand seven golden rules of using evidence in public policy setting
- Navigate cognitive biases in decision making
- Develop your team’s enthusiasm and capacity to effectively use evidence
- Practical applications of evidence-based policy


Rob Richards

Rob Richards is the Director of Evidentiary Pty Ltd and has over 30 years professional experience in the public and private sectors, working within the sustainability, environmental, health and resource management sectors. Rob is an Adjunct Professional Associate of the University of Canberra, lectures on evidence based policy at Monash University and was recently on the Board of the International Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE)



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Evidence-Based Policy in Action

28 Jan - 29 Jan


Explore when and why evidence-based policy works 

- Define and differentiate evidence, expert knowledge and opinion

- Explore how political, societal, organisational and intellectual factors determine the use of evidence in policy

- Understand the structures and practices needed for effective evidence use

- Identify the key factors in EBP and which strategies they deploy in the policy-making process


Balance the risks and benefits of forward-thinking policy

- Understand the role of evidence in uncertainty and risk

- Embrace risk and uncertainty in sound policy development and implementation

- Move from brain bubble to brilliance - Intuitive and predictive evidence-based policy

- Ask “the right effective” questions at different stages of the policy cycle to drive evidence collation

- Recognise “red flags” for untrustworthy evidence


Leverage cognitive biases in decision making 

- Understand and apply critical thinking

- Dissect cognitive biases and their influence 

- Recognise and accommodate cognitive biases

- Conduct a policy pre-mortem to reduce bias

  • Rob Richards Director Evidentiary


Practical and effective evidence-based tools for good policy development and implementation

- Plan and develop a policy story using a logic model

- Identify essential outcomes 

- Explore assumptions, risk and evidence on logic models

- Apply a policy pre-mortem

- Identify policy problems - risk and the impediments to change

- Use ‘theory of change’ to build policy rigour

- Apply real evidence to test logic model

- Guide multiple policy levers to achieve regulatory, economic and social outcomes


Plan how to monitor and evaluate the success of your story

- Strategies to identify key milestones for monitoring and evaluation 

- Identify measurable indicators of success at each stage of the policy cycle

- Make the shift from operational measures to outcomes and measures of success


Communicate your policy story effectively

- Identify your policy development and delivery partners

- Create effective communication strategies and service delivery partnerships 

- Make your case - Communicate effectively about your new policy proposal or implementation plan

- Prepare for review - effectively communicate and evaluate your policy or program story


  • Rob Richards Director Evidentiary


Join our panel of experts as they share their personal experiences in developing, implementing and evaluating policies and programmes. Explore a range of scenarios that look at best practice strategies to overcome roadblocks for using evidence in policy and programme development, and unpack how we can encourage a culture of evidence informed policy. 


- The benefits of using evidence in developing, implementing and evaluating policies and programs

- Identify and overcome challenges in using evidence in policy and program development

- Encourage a culture of evidence informed policy in agencies



Virtual / Streaming

Virtual / Streaming

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