Transforming research capabilities for evidence-based policy making

Ms Michelle Zwagerman1

1Analysis & Policy Observatory (, Hawthorn, Australia, 


The “Linked semantic platforms” LIEF project1 aims to develop the next generation of decision-support tools for interdisciplinary research on critical public policy issues. This presentation is on the results of the needs analysis phase of this project. The needs analysis focuses on a specific subset of interdisciplinary policy topics and hones in on particular research subgroups within government, industry and academia. With the emergence of systems thinking, we expect to identify the unique challenges that confront interdisciplinary research, where information is often contained in silos and not easy to apply to wicked policy problems. An example is the topic of digital health where research combining the disciplines of health and technology must seek to connect evidence based on dissimilar research methods and various research publication practices.


Our project is investigating the use of information technology to assist researchers working in interdisciplinary fields. Through applying appropriate information architectural designs, we aim to develop eResearch tools to support existing and new forms of research.


Michelle Zwagerman is the Digital Product Manager for Swinburne’s and the CRC for Low Carbon Living’s Knowledge Hub. She has completed a Master of Public Policy at RMIT, a Master of Business Administration at University of NSW, and a Bachelor of Science at University of Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology having delivered numerous IT projects and managed various IT support services.

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