Presented by HC Coombs Policy Forum

Research Evidence as a Change Management Tool: Application and acquisition during major health reform

Wednesday 30 March 2011, 3 – 6pm
Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building #13, Ellery Crescent, ANU

The HC Coombs Policy Forum at the ANU is organising a small high-level workshop to be led by Professor Jonathan Lomas, an international expert on the application of research into public policy and practice, particularly in the health field. The workshop will focus upon how research and evaluation might be drawn upon as a change management tool during the implementation of the Government’s major health reforms and in future ongoing operations. Lomas will draw upon his experience in Canada and the UK in particular, helping participants to explore practical options to apply in Australia now and over the next few years.


Roundtable of 20-25 people, 15+ being senior practitioners from Health portfolio agencies and DVA and another 6-10 being academic experts or retired practitioners with relevant expertise and experience. All participants are expected to contribute actively. Chatham House rule to apply.


Three 1 hour sessions chaired by Andrew Podger. Each session opened with a 5 minute introduction from Jonathan Lomas.

3 - 4pmSession 1How research can contribute in the frantic implementation stage: clarifying reform objectives, deciding what research is relevant, designing evaluation.
4 - 5pmSession 2How research and evaluation can be built into the ongoing operations of new health service planning and delivery arrangements
5 - 6pmSession 3Structures and processes for action and learning

Background readings

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