IPAA Victoria

Evidence-Based Policy Award

Evidence-Based Policy Award

Excellence in evidence-based policymaking

Policymaking is the backbone of everything the public sector does, with good policymaking helping to address long-term and ‘wicked’ problems. This award recognises excellence in policymaking that draws on a robust evidence base adopting innovative approaches to address policy problems.


Nominations should demonstrate and provide evidence of:

  1. An innovative, new or unique approach policymaking design and/or implementation

  2. Partnership(s), collaboration, and co-design, both internal and external, to achieve better outcomes

  3. New technology and digital approaches

  4. A robust evidence base and use of the evidence base to inform design and implementation

  5. Evaluation design, measuring impact and outcomes (if available, provide evidence of effective implementation)

  6. Above standard practice relative to the organisation size and its core business.

Nominations have now closed.

The Evidence-Based Policy Award is proudly sponsored by the Department of Premier and Cabinet

Nominations Tips

Each year our judges tell us that evidence is critical to an award-winning nomination. Be sure to provide data and evidence to support the statements you make in your nomination.

  1. If your project or initiative is still in its infancy and you don’t have any tangible evidence to support its nomination, you might want to consider applying in a subsequent year.

  2. Make sure you address all of the criteria for the award category you’re nominating in.

  3. Write clearly, to the point, and back up your statements.

  4. Be sure to use the option to provide supporting documents. This is your chance to show, rather than tell, of your project or initiative’s merit.

  5. That said, curate what you provide as supporting documents. Our judges have to examine a number of nominations; don’t make it hard for them to find the compelling evidence.

  6. If you have a query, email awards@vic.ipaa.org.au.