Commissioned Research and Consultancy

 

Howard Partners has prepared a large number of  commissioned research reports for Government, business and NGO clients prepared by teams led by  Dr John Howard in collaboration with Anne Howard,  Professor Roy Green, Dr Mark Matthews and Don Scott-Kemmis.

Reports and Papers

The following reports and papers can be accessed through this site

2021

Rethinking Australian Higher Education: a diversified system for the 21st century

Rethinking Australian higher education is a comprehensive study of the Australian higher education system. It points to:

  • Universities' having to compromise their education mission by an overarching imperative to generate revenue to fund research and campus expansion
  • The growing complexity of universities finance and need to manage to commercially oriented financial performance metrics
  • The progressive movement of the unified system to a 'one-size-fits-all' culture of rules, commands, and controls
  • Opportunities arising in the next phase of the higher education industry growth life cycle characterised by rationalisation, transformation, and innovation

 

The themes draw together in a call for a more diversified system that addresses differing market (demand) segments, including demand for STEM knowledge and skills, and sets out a number of challenges to create a system that allows, and encourages, different institutions to play to their strengths.

 

As Distinguished Professor Glyn Davis AC says in the Preface, not everyone is going to agree with what’s in the book, but the overall purpose is to contribute to discussion and debate about the future of higher education in Australia.

 

Like all things, the story is complex. But the book attempts to sort through the underlying issues at both the institutional and system levels and propose solutions and strategies as a way forward.

2020

Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation, Occasional Paper, University of Technology Sydney, May 2020

COVID-19, and the public health response, has created a national economic crisis. But it has also created an opportunity to transform the economy to new sources of growth.COVID-19, and the public health response, has created a national economic crisis. But it has also created an opportunity to transform the economy to new sources of growth. View Paper

2019

Challenges for Australian Research & Innovation

Background paper for the UTS Innovation Round-table (with Professor Roy Green), 10 April 2019.  View Paper.

2017-18

A comprehensive Review of the performance and impact of Australia’s Rural Innovation System

The Review highlights areas of strength, gaps in the knowledge base, and opportunities and recommendations for improvement. The research covered Agriculture and all other aspects of rural production.

A number of reports were presented to the National R&I Committee for  consideration.  They include a  Summary Report, the Main Report, and a number of Research Reports: Global Value Chains; Previous Reports, Statements, Reviews; Key Institutions in the Rural Innovation System; Expert Opinion Survey Response Charts; and The Biologically Derived Economy: A Discussion.

A Narrative of the innovation, business and economic development policy settings for the Canberra Region over the last 20 years

The narrative draws attention to the growth of Canberra based start-up and new technology-based firms (NTBFs), the expansion of larger national and multinational businesses in the city, the design and delivery of innovation and enterprise development initiatives, and building effective partnership arrangements with universities and other research organisations. View Report

Report of the Consultations Program undertaken by Howard Partners to assist Innovation and Science Australia develop the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation Strategic Plan.

The Consultation Program sought to obtain the opinions of businesses, research and teaching organisations, government agencies and intermediaries about the current position, opportunities, and directions for Australia’s Innovation Strategy. View Report.

Discussion Paper (draft) on Development of an Innovation Ecosystem Policy

Input into the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation Strategic Plan. View Report

Review the economic impact and effectiveness of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN)

The Review addresses the effectiveness of  CBRIN in meeting its stated vision ‘a network linking businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate innovation and growth to maximise wealth creation’ and to provide evidence based recommendations on future directions and funding requirements. View Report

2015-2016

ACOLA SAF 10: Securing Australia's Future - Capabilities for Australian enterprise innovation

The Report examines the role of government, industry and education and research institutions in developing innovation capabilities: Issues arising from key informant interviews and matters for policy consideration'.  On behalf of the Australian Council of Learned Academies, May 2016.   View Report

Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) in support of Economic Development for the Hunter Region, NSW. View Report

Australia’s Innovation Future. A Report for the Senate Inquiry into Australia's Innovation System on the Structure and Performance of Australia's National Innovation System, December 2015 (With Professor Roy Green). View Report

Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System, Issues Paper. August 2015 (With Professor Roy Green) . View Report

ACOLA SAF 09: Translating Research for Economic and Social Benefit: Measures that facilitate transfer of knowledge from publicly funded research organisations to industry. A report for the Securing Australia's Future Project 'Translating research for economic and social benefit: country comparisons'. On behalf of the Australian Council of Learned Academies, December 2015. View Report

Digital Post: Business Transformation and the Future Sustainability of Australia Post.  Sydney: McKell Institute, April, 2015. View Report

2010-2014

Digital Steel: Report of the Steel Industry Research Mapping Project, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, 2012.  View Report. View Attachments

Public Policy Drift: Why governments must replace ‘policy on the run’ and ‘policy by fiat’ with a ‘business case’ approach to regain public confidence. In Public Policy Discussion Papers, edited by Percy Allen. Sydney: Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA). 2012 View Report

(Prepared by Anne Howard). Connecting with Communities: How Local Government is Using Social Media to Engage with Citizens. Canberra: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and ANZSOG Institute for Governance. 2012. View Report

Innovation, Ingenuity and Initiative: the Adoption and Application of New Ideas in Australian Local Government, ACELG Innovation and Best Practice Program. Canberra: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government. 2012. View Report

2005-2009

"The State of Victoria, Australia: Self Evaluation Report." In OECD Reviews of Higher Education in City and Regional Development. IMHE. 2009. View Report

Between a 'Hard Rock' and a 'Soft Space': The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Innovation Systems. Canberra: Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 2008. View Report

Innovation, creativity and leadership: report of a study of the ACT Innovation System. Canberra: Australian Capital Territory Government. 2008. View Report

Rigor and Relevance: Towards a scholarship of integration. Extending the role of social sciences and humanities in public policy research. Canberra: Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 2008. View Report

Melbourne: Australia's Knowledge Capital. A Study of the Economic, Social and Cultural Contributions of Victoria's Universities with a Melbourne Presence. Melbourne: Melbourne City Council. 2007. View Report

The Role of Intermediaries in Support of Innovation. Canberra: Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2007. View Report

Changing Paradigms: Case Studies in the Management of Innovation in Australian Business. Melbourne: Business Council of Australia. 2006. View Report

Universities Third Mission: Community Engagement. B-HERT Position Paper 11. Melbourne: B-HERT, 2006. (With Professor Arun Sharma). View Report

Fire Knowledge Network Report. Canberra: Bushfire CRC. 2006. View Report

Knowledge Exchange Networks in Australia's Innovation System: Overview and Strategic Analysis. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training. 2005. View Report

Digital Factories: the Hidden Revolution in Australian Manufacturing: A Study of the use of Information and Communications Technologies by non-ICT Manufacturing Companies. Canberra: Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. 2005. View Report

The Emerging Business of Knowledge Transfer: Creating Value From Intellectual Products and Services. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training. 2005. View Report

2000-2004

Study of the Interactions between Research Organisations and  SMEs in the ICT Sector. Canberra: Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, 2004. View Report

Evaluation of the Cooperative Research Centres Program. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training. 2003. View Report

Evaluation of the New Industries Development Program (NIDP ). Canberra: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 2003.

(With Professor Ron Johnston and Lyn Grigg). Best Practice Processes for University Research Commercialisation. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training. 2003. View Report

(With Professor Ron Johnston). "Engagement in an Era of Industrialisation." In The Idea of Engagement: Universities in Society, edited by Svava Bjarnason and Patrick Coldstream. London: Association of Commonwealth Universities. 2003. View Report

Evaluation of the New Industries Development Program. Canberra: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 2002. View Report.

(With Mark Matthews). Mapping the Nature and Extent of Business-University Interaction in Australia. Canberra: Australian Research Council. 2001. View Report

(With Anne Howard). Recipes for Success: Case Studies Illustrating Successful Innovations By Food Businesses, A Report Prepared for the Food Innovation Group by Howard Partners. Canberra: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. 2001. View Report

(With Professor Ron Johnston). Securing Our Manufacturing Future: A Study of the Outlook for Small Business Manufacturing to 2015 and Beyond. Sydney: NSW Small Business Development Corporation. 2001. View Report

(With Mark Matthews) A Study of Government R&D Expenditure by Sector and Technology. A Paper prepared for the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. Canberra: Howard Partners. 2000. View Report

 

NEWS

A comprehensive review of Australia's higher education system was published as Rethinking Australian Higher Education by Howard Partners and UTS on 18 February 2021.

 

In May 2020 an extended analysis of Australia's research capacity was published as  Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation by UTS as an Occasional Paper.

 

In 2019 Howard Partners completed the first ever comprehensive Performance Review of the Rural Innovation System for the  National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee.

 

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