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Plenary Session - Integrating Knowledge to Influence Public Policy

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Inaugural CHASS National Forum The Human Dimension Plenary Session 'Integrating Knowledge to Influence Public Policy', Sep 26 2012 Session Chair: Professor Rhian Parker, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Australian National University, CHASS Secretary Speakers: Associate Professor Susan Goodwin, The University of Sydney Paul Harris, Deputy Director, HC Coombs Policy Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Special Advisor, CSIRO Professor Lawrence Pratchett, Dean of Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra Professor Julian Thomas, Director, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology Dr Jakelin Troy, Director of AIATSIS Research, Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Abstract: There are many strategies for integrating knowledge to influence policy, but which ones are likely to be most effective and does context matter? What skills do knowledge producers (academics and others) need to develop to enable them to explain clearly to policy makers what their findings mean in practical terms for policy development? In turn, what skills do public policy makers need to develop to understand the meaning of research outcomes and how these can be integrated into public policy? Most importantly how do we use knowledge to address 'wicked problems', those which are complex and often polarise views, and include climate change, environmental issues and increasing demands on health care? Or is academic work destined to be 'lost in translation'?