The Practice Panel

Purpose and objectives:

The Practice Panel special interest group (SIG) connects Public Management researchers and practitioners for improved outcomes. Public management research themes require the insights of practitioners and managers in the public sector, either by providing information (documents, interviews, surveys) or by direct involvement in research projects (joint sponsors, designers, funders).

At a time when public management is looking for innovative solutions in policy and practice to address the complex challenges which are constantly emerging, major disconnects between academic policy research and its implementation in public management remain widely recognized.

The Practice Panel promotes engagement and mutual learning to bridge the divide between public management researchers and practitioners, all of whom are attempting to develop better methods for tacking difficult challenges in a rapidly changing context of fiscal constraint and political instability. Established in 2008 and present at every subsequent IRSPM, this SIG has continued to grow and change in response to annual IRSPM conference themes. Our Panel attracts approximately 14 papers per conference and usually has 3-4 conference panel slots.

Key dialogues, presentations, and outputs:

The Practice Panel aims to bring together practitioners and academics around papers that describe successful collaboration across the research/practice divide or explore the factors that impede or facilitate fruitful knowledge-sharing and suggest ways these factors might be addressed.

SIG chairs and regular panel contributors organize regular, independent research dialogues focused on The Practice Panel’s key research themes. 2017 and 2018 saw regional workshops offered at centers in Queensland, Australia and across the U.K. In 2018 and 2019, the Panel organized a linked series of international sessions in Brisbane (Australia), Manchester (U.K.), Orlando (U.S.) and Wellington (N.Z.). These sessions diffuse local research and real-world public sector experience internationally, promoting best practice in managing dialogue between public sector researchers and practitioners.

Multiple publications have resulted from papers presented over the years. Some recent research outputs from panel contributors include:

Primary contact:

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Christine Flynn

Consultant, Connexity Associates