Graduate Research Candidate
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The Tasmanian Community Grants Program is currently divided into two major publicly funded schemes, the Community Support Levy and the Tasmanian Community Fund, with each scheme funded from different sources and each with its own client base. The Tasmanian State Government is seeking to replace the two current grant schemes using a single fund under an independent body.
To examine, through complexity analysis, systems theory, and policy analysis, how public sector grants like the Tasmanian Community Grants Program, which are shaped and guided by central and local agencies, evolve into complex systems that produce not only social benefits but also unintended social consequences.
Specifically, the researcher is interested in the following questions:
The research effort has been divided into four main phases. The first phase will be a historical review of public sector grants like the Tasmanian Community Grants Program. The second phase will consist of sample identification and selection of key Grants Program stakeholders. The third phase will be comprised of a survey (semi-structured interviews in person and by phone) of these key agents. The final phase will incorporate a narrative policy analysis of the survey results that will highlight key problems and opportunities in the ongoing Grants Program redesign.
Agency dynamics, community development, community grants, complexity analysis, governance theory, innovation in systems, loosely-coupled networks, narrative policy analysis, policy design, social inclusion, systems theory.
Authorised by the Head of School, Management
15 October, 2012