Mark Evans


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Professor Mark Evans (PhD) has been the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis since 2014. Mark’s research focuses on the study and practice of governance and policy analysis. He was formerly Director of the World-wide Universities Public Policy Network (2002-5), Vice President of the Joint University Council for the Applied Social Sciences (1999-2004), Head of Politics at the University of York (1998-2007) in the UK and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Government and Law at the University of Canberra (2011-12). He was also ANZSOG Professor in Governance (2009-14).

Mark has played an international role in supporting change governance practices and has acted as a senior policy advisor, and managed research and evaluation projects for 26 countries, including Australia, Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Sri Lanka, the UK, Vietnam, the European Union (EU), the United Nations and the World Bank. He has also designed and delivered learning and development programmes on governance and public policy themes for executive and graduate audiences in all of those countries including the EU funded China-Europe Public Administration Programme and Erasmus Masters in Public Policy, the UK E-University’s International Masters in Public Management, the Open Policy-making Programme for the UK Cabinet Office. He has also been commissioned to design and deliver eight postgraduate programmes for Commonwealth Departments aimed at graduate and executive cohorts in the departments of Agriculture, Environment & Energy, Education, Infrastructure and Regional Development, Finance, Industry, Innovation and Science, Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). Mark also convened the ANZSOG EMPA course Designing Public Policies and the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Programme funded by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Large-scale research projects in Australia include evaluations of Austrade's integrity systems (2011), the National Water Commission's role in Australian water governance (2011-12), DEEWR's 'Home to Work' employment program (2012), ‘Women and Leadership in the Australian Public Service’ (2013), an evaluation of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s adherence to the Latimer Principles (2014), ‘Doing it Differently: staff perceptions of the barriers to workplace participation experienced by public servants with disability in the Australian Public Service’ (2015-16), the ACT’s ‘Strengthening Services for Vulnerable Families’ programme and ‘ACT Human Services Blueprint’ (2015), the ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Lifestyles Programme’ for the Department of Health (2015), ‘Connected Government: Towards Digital Era Governance’ for PM&C and Telstra (2016) and ‘Connected Government: The Australian Public Scorecard’ for Telstra (2017).

Internationally, he is a member of the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank and an EU expert on evaluation. Highlights here include his work with the Office of the Presidency in Brazil on a new federal social participation policy from 2013-15. He evaluated Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme in 2004, 2007 and 2010 and he completed an evaluation for the United Nations Development Program on “Opportunities and Challenges for the Reform of Public Administration Arising from the Arab Transitions” in 2015. He was also commissioned to design a new School of Government in Jordan in 2015.

Mark is currently undertaking a cultural audit of the Department of Environment and Science and is investigating how we can measure public sector productivity for the Department of Finance. He is also working with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House on the new ‘Power of Us Exhibition’ which will be launched in March 2017 using quantitative and qualitative research from his research programme on how Australians imagine their democracy and trust in government and politicians.

Mark is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books in his field and has been the editor of the international journal Policy Studies since 2005. His latest book (with Gerry Stoker) is Social Science and Evidence based Policymaking – Methods that Matter (Policy Press, 2016). He holds honorary professorships with the universities of Gadjah Mahda, Renmin, York and Hull but his proudest achievement is that he has supervised 25 PhD students to successful completion.

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PhD, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 6 Jun 1994


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