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Policy Analysis In Australia$
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Kate Crowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310273

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310273.001.0001

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Policy capacity in the community sector

Policy capacity in the community sector

(p.245) Sixteen Policy capacity in the community sector
Policy Analysis In Australia

Susan Goodwin

Ruth Phillips

Policy Press

Non-government community sector organisations (CSOs) have come to assume an increasingly important role in Australian social policy. CSOs have expanded their role as service providers, and many have also increased their policy capacity in recent deacades. Policy staff have been recruited into CSOs, complementing the traditional focus on services and advocacy. The concept of ‘policy analytical capacity’, referring to the capacity within organisations to acquire and utilise knowledge in policy processes, helps to highlight changes in the sector. The chapter also explores how Australian social policy processes might be affected by policy analysis and policy research becoming more strongly positioned in the community sector.

Keywords:   Australian policy analysis, nongovernment organisations, community sector organisations, policy advocacy, service delivery

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