Howard Partners works in a number of discrete, but closely inter-related, areas:


.   Public Policy embracing innovative dimensions of public policy, science technology and innovation policy, particularly as

    it impacts on the transfer of knowledge between research organisations, business and government.

.   Management strategy and organisation covering corporate and business planning, innovation management,

    capability sourcing and performance improvement.

.   Communication strategy covering the interface between business strategy and messaging. We are experts in the strategic

    application of social media and marketing and communications.


Our capability has been built up through 15 years of working with clients using the tools and techniques of applied research, assembly of evidence, and integrated thinking. The impact of our work is reflected in the extensive adoption, application and use of our findings and recommendations.


We are keen to apply knowledge generated through research and draw on leading edge and professionally validated contemporary management practices.


Our approaches to projects is research and evidence based, and issues driven. Project management involves the following elements:


.   Establishing a base for sound project administration and work-flow management, including agreement on milestones,

    involvement of clients and  processes for report  drafting and completion.

.   Situation analysis - to determine "what is gone on around here" through initial briefings, review of internal documentations,

    internal staff interviews and workshops, and external stakeholder consultation. Our approach to consultation is outlined in the

    attached document.

.   Research and investigation through review of relevant literature, associated documentation, stakeholder analysis. This

    informs questions and issues to be addressed in the next stage. We combine knowledge of established and contemporary

     business thinking with deep seated knowledge of business practice.

.   Analysis and review, leading to clear articulation of findings and preparing draft recommendations.

.   Report drafting and finalisation.


Our aim is to produce an outcome that meet or exceeds client expectations. Our processes are designed to ensure that there are "no surprises" at the conclusion of an engagement.


Howard Partners also provides assistance for organisations seeking government grant funding. Dr John Howard has led bid teams that have raised in excess of $50m in the higher education area.



During 2018 Howard Partners is celebrating 20 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.


Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.


Howard Partners has recently completed the Performance Review of the Rural Innovation System for the  National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee. Publication is expected shortly.


The firm has also recently completed an innovation narrative of the Canberra Innovation System for the period 1998-2018.  Publication is also expected shortly.





Dr John Howard

PO Box 4090, Manuka, ACT, 2603


P +61 (0) 2 6273 5222 (Canberra)

M +61 (0) 4 0358 3600