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IPANZ Annual Address, Hon Bill English


IPANZ Annual Address, Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister
Venue: The Banquet Hall, first floor, The Beehive, Thursday 21 February, 12.00-1.30 pm
Free admission, open to the public, registration required.
Website: www.ipanz.org.nz
The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) has invited Hon Bill English Deputy Prime Minister to deliver the IPANZ Annual Address entitled “Better Public Services and the need to stay focused”. The event will take place at The Banquet Hall, first floor, The Beehive, on Thursday 21 February, 12.00-1.30 pm.

Lecture by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
Communicating and using evidence in policy formation: the use and misuse of science”
Venue: Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Timing: Thursday 21 February, 7.30-8.30pm
Free admission, open to the public, register to secure your spot.
Website: www.ipanz.org.nz
The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) has invited distinguished scientist Professor Sir Peter Gluckman to speak at Te Papa, on Thursday 21 February, 7.30-8.30 pm. His lecture is entitled: “Communicating and using evidence in policy formation: the use and misuse of science”. The lecture will be recorded by Radio New Zealand.
One of the key challenges for all governments is how to make the best use of evidence in policy formation. The challenges include identifying what research and knowledge is needed and how to apply it to government policy making. As science has become more complex and impacts on every aspect of our lives, offering solutions to many of the problems the world confronts, these issues become more urgent. Science alone does not, and should not, make policy but policy made in the absence of information and science-based evidence is not good policy.
Sir Peter’s office (Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee) has conducted an extensive discussion with officials across government, and with partner offices overseas, to see if we can better use evidence in policy formation. He will outline the many ways in which this can be achieved.
For more information on the topic see: http://www.pmcsa.org.nz/evidence-and-policy-formation/

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