SYMPOSIUM

The Power to Persuade symposium started with a simple idea: that the best way to start breaking down barriers between various groups interested in social policy - designing it, delivering it, evaluating it or affected by it - was to bring them into the same room.

Exploring topical, complex issues facing communities, the community sector, public servants and academics, and offering a diverse range of speakers and perspectives, our symposiums encourage and promote frank and open dialogue about current and emerging challenges and opportunities in social policy.

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REGISTER NOW: 2019 symposium - melbourne - thursday 10 october 9.30am to 5pm

THE USE AND ABUSE OF EVIDENCE IN SOCIAL POLICY

Keynote address: Julian Corner, CEO, Lankelly Chase Foundation UK

Three panel discussions involving experts from government, the community sector and the research community, including Professor Helen Dickinson (Public Service Research Group, UNSW Canberra), Professor Janine O’Flynn (ANZSOG), Dr Katherine Curchin, (Australian National University), Ms Laura Vidal (Monash University & Good Shepherd), Ms Leah Van Poppel (Women with Disabilities Victoria), Professor Nareen Young (University of Technology Sydney), Professor Paul Smyth (University of Melbourne), Ms Sarah Davies (Philanthropy Australia), Professor Shelley Mallett (Brotherhood of St Laurence) and Ms Stella Avramopoulos (Good Shepherd):

  • Panel 1 - Systems reform and public sector workforce skills for the future

  • Panel 2 - Advocacy in social services

  • Panel 3 - Examining evidence in social policy through a gender lens

The event is open to researchers, policy practitioners, people in government, advocates and people impacted by social policy.

REGISTER HERE.

Full registration $220 / Concession registration $110

A limited number of fully funded places are available for people unable to cover the registration fee. Enquire by email to submissions@powertopersuade.org.au.


PAST SYMPOSIUMS

Below we have linked to recordings and materials from past symposiums. We did not hold a symposium in 2018.

2017 Symposium

The Women's Policy Forum was held on 22nd October 2017 in Melbourne.

Click here to access recordings and materials from Putting Women at the Centre: A Policy Forum

2016 SYMPOSIUM

The Power to Persuade 2016 symposium was held in Melbourne on the 15th of August, and the Women's Policy Forum was held on the 16th of August.

Click here to access recordings and materials from the Power to Persuade Symposium.

Click here to access recordings and materials from Putting Women at the Centre: A Policy Forum.

2015 SYMPOSIUM

The Power to Persuade 2015 was held in Canberra at Australian National University on the 17th and 18th of September. The first day focused on discussions around gender and social policy, the second day focused on interrogating the arrival of the private sector into social policy spaces.

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2014 SYMPOSIUM

The Power to Persuade Symposium 2014 was held in Melbourne on 16 September.

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2013 SYMPOSIUM

The Power to Persuade 2013 symposium was held on 21 August at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Spring Street, Melbourne. The theme of 2013 symposium  built on the previous year, and discussed how to create change in government and policy.

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2012 Symposium

Held in Melbourne.

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