The Power to Persuade Symposium - The use and abuse of evidence in social policy

Where: Treetops Room, Melbourne Museum | 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053

When: Thu 10th Oct 2019, 09:30 – 17:00 (7 hours, 30 minutes)

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 diverse speakers and perspectives, our symposiums encourage and promote frank and open dialogue about current and emerging challenges and opportunities in social policy. 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 symposium is open to researchers, policy practitioners, people in government, advocates and people impacted by social policy. For further information please contact

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