Questions the Policy Lab asks
What shapes policy decisions?
The Policy Lab explores how we get the policy we get. It specialises in the study of public policy that addresses complex societal problems and the local effects of large scale shifts and global trends. Its research considers policy framing, the use of expertise, different types of individual and collective actors, and how institutional and contextual factors shape policy decisions.
What works in policy design?
The Policy Lab examines design practices, instruments, responses and outcomes. It considers how policy instruments interact with individual behaviours and other contextual factors when they are implemented. The Policy Lab team holds expertise and experience in a range of policy sectors, including health, employment, education, environment and social services.
How do we know that policy is working?
The Policy Lab uses sophisticated methods to assess the impact of policy design and decisions. This includes studying policies in motion and adjusting these as they are being implemented, as well as behavioural experiments, computer modelling, and large scale comparative analysis of quantitative data.