Do Public Inquiries Matter? Tracking Inquiry Implementation in Australia (2018–2021)
This project will assess the effectiveness of public inquiries. Governments rely on public inquiries yet we know little about whether or in what circumstances they facilitate policy learning. This is because social scientists have focused upon how inquiries are constituted and go about their business rather than on whether, once an inquiry has concluded, their recommendations are acted upon. This project will track the implementation of recommendations generated by federal inquiries in Australia since 2000: evaluating the extent to which recommendations were implemented and the difference they have made. These outcomes will provide significant benefit to government via findings about the value of inquiries and how they can be improved.