Towards Research Impact – Policy and Media Engagement

ACE is increasingly called upon as a source of information by policy-makers. We recently delivered data from the CAUSEE and GEM projects to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This means that ACE has now delivered customized analyses from these two flagship projects to three federal departments (including also the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and the Small Business Minister [in Treasury]) as well as to the Productivity Commission.
Paul Steffens has recently returned from Istanbul where he was a member of the Australian delegation for the G20YEA (Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance). This was highly successful with the communique to G20 leaders, backed by the B20, recommending that G20 countries provide stronger initiatives to support entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship research (see details below).
Interest in the GEM project has been particularly strong in Canberra over recent months. In September Paul Steffens was invited to present at a workshop organized by the Office of the Chief Economist, and has been invited to deliver another seminar to the Department of Employment next month. He has also written a feature article for the upcoming Innovation Systems report produced by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Interest has also spread internationally – with Paul presenting GEM findings to a group of Sri Lankan Government officials this month.
A recent vignette also based on GEM data, Australian Youth Entrepreneurship and Education, has also attracted substantial media attention including The Australian and The Courier Mail. The associated press release was jointly promoted in an alliance with the FYA (Foundation for Youth Australia) and their $ 20 boss program.
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