The APP involves small groups of students undertaking applied research for real-world policy organisations. Each project is initiated by clients from the public or non-government sectors, for example government departments, think tanks, peak bodies, advocacy groups, and advisory institutions. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to extend their academic skills into the professional world. Working in groups, students learn about the inner workings of policy organisations through the process of designing and conducting research on their behalf. In each project, students are required to understand client research needs, define research problems, formulate research questions, gather and analyse policy relevant data, and structure and produce a research report for the client. Throughout the course, students deepen their knowledge about a substantive policy area and gain exposure to the operations of policy organisations. They also gain professional skills in applied research methods such as effective group work, negotiating client relationships, report writing and oral presentations. Each research group will be guided by a project advisor with relevant skills and knowledge. Student numbers in the APP are limited and thus entry is based on an application process. Students are required to submit a 300 word application in which they outline 1) their expectations of the course and how this fits with their career goals, b) what experiences and skills they bring to the course, and 3) the names of two referees from Crawford faculty. Successful applicants will determined by the course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply knowledge of a substantive area of policy
- Demonstrate skills in negotiating professional relationships with policy clients
- Design, structure, conduct and manage an applied research project
- Exhibit skills in undertaking team-based research
- Gain professional experience in delivering policy research for clients
- Communicate effectively for policy audiences (written and oral communication)
- Demonstrate capacity to work as a ‘reflective practitioner’
- Apply skills in providing constructive feedback and peer-reviewing
APPLIED POLICY PROJECT - CHINA
In this course you will travel to southwest China to conduct policy research in collaboration with post graduate students from Yunnan University. Research topics will be assigned by local governments and research findings will be used to inform local policy making and evaluation. This is an opportunity for you to develop your policy research skills and to gain a deeper understanding of regional policy challenges and policymaking processes in China.
The course will be open to coursework masters students from across ANU, and will be of interest to students majoring the in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, anthropology, development studies, environmental protection, and natural resource management.
Travel dates: 15-30 November, 2019 (Spring Semester)
Costs: Students will be expected to cover international flight travel costs. Local transportation and accommodation will be provided.
· To be eligible ANU students must have completed a course on research methods
· Only 10 places are available.
· Students are required to participate in a competitive selection process to gain access to this course. Click http://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/ for more information.
For further information contact Course Convenor Ben Hillman.
- The course will be graded in two parts, with 60% of the course grades allocated by the convener, and 40% allocated by the research advisor. The advisor will also take into account qualitative feedback from the client on their satisfaction with the project. (0) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- 1. Personal reflections (600 words each) (10% each) a. Expectations and reflective insights (based on readings on being a ‘reflective practitioner’, applied research, and negotiating client relations) b. Post-reflections: lessons learnt (20) [LO 2,3,4,7,8]
- 2. Peer review: each student provides constructive feedback on two draft reports (1 A4 page each review). (15) [LO 7,8]
- 3. Research Prospectus (presentation) 5%* (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- 4. Final Report * o 40% Advisor (with qualitative input from client) o 20% Convener * indicates group mark.Note: 65% of the course a grade is based on a group mark (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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Workload130 hours consisting of a combination of seminar attendance, presentations, group meetings with project advisers and applied research and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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