The Australian Research Council draft guidelines for the 2015 round of the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) include new options for submitting 'Research Reports for an External Body'. This is an encouraging step towards recognizing and rewarding the production of alternative forms of publication such as reports for government, NGOs and business. Forms that often have the greatest impact for policy and practice.

The Sixteenth International Conference on Grey Literature will be held at the The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA Federal Library Information Network, December 8-9, 2014

The conference theme is 'Grey Literature Lobby - Engines and Requesters for Change'

Due Date for Submission: April 11 2014.

Venue: Conference room, National Library of Australia, Canberra
When: 1.30 – 3.30 pm Wednesday 19 March 2014
Followed by afternoon tea and networking from 3.30 – 4.30 pm - See more at: http://greylitstrategies.info/events/understanding-evidence-base-grey-li...

Free public seminar
1.30 – 3.30 pm Wednesday 19 March 2014
Followed by afternoon tea and networking from 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Venue: Conference room, National Library of Australia, Canberra

Research for policy and practice is often produced and used in the form of reports and papers that are created by organisations such as government departments and agencies, think tanks, NGOs and academic centres. Yet the role and value of this material is little understood and often overlooked. This public seminar will present findings from two innovative projects aiming to enhance the value of grey literature for policy and practice. The Grey Literature Strategies ARC Linkage project and the NLA's new Australian Government Web Archive.

Prof Keith Jeffery presents on the value of grey literature to research business and society at the Where is the evidence conference 2013 held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia on 11 November 2013.

Keith Jeffery is past director IT at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and is President of ERCIM and past president of euroCRIS.

 

Presentation by Jess Tyndall on grey literature and health research at the Where is the evidence conference 2013 held at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, 11 November 2013.

Jess Tyndall is Head, Gus Fraenkel Medical Library, Flinders University

 

Dr Adrian Cherney from the University of Queensland presented some recent findings from an ARC Linkage project investigating the utilisation of social science research in policy development at the Where is the evidence conference 2013 in Melbourne, 11 November 2013.

More information on this project which has many aspects to it is available at the project website: The Utilisation of Social Science Research in Policy Development and Program Review 


Does your organisation PRODUCE or COLLECT policy reports and papers? We need to hear from you today!

The Grey Literature Strategies Research Project's surveys of producers and collectors is closing this Friday 8 November. This is a unique chance to contribute to our understanding of how research and information for public policy is produced and collected.

Click here to do the survey of producing organisations

Click here to do the survey of collections and information services

Where is the evidence conference 2013: Recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice: One day conference this Monday 11 November at the State Library of Victoria.

Hear from international experts, ARC representatives, scholars in media, economics, sociology, health, criminology and information management. Preview the first results from national surveys of producers, users and collectors. Network with colleagues across government, academia and NGO sectors and discuss the issues and strategies.

Register today

Final program available to download here

Thanks to the many people who entered the competition to win one of two free passes to Where is the evidence 2013: Recognising the value of grey literature for policy and practice. It was great to have so many enthusiastic entries.

We have two lucky winners, both from the health area. Congratulations to Elida Meadows, Policy & Research Officer at the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and to Melissa Raven, Research Fellow at the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS) in Adelaide.

A fantastic resource - check out their guide to grey literature.

Mellissa said she is keen to attend because she is "interested in the use of grey literature in policy advocacy and policy making, with a particular focus on critical appraisal of the rigor of grey literature, an issue that is often overlooked in discussions about evidence-based practice and policy."

Unfortunately Frances Brown from the federal Attorney-General's Department was not able to take up her free pass: "I am disappointed that I will miss the conference this year – I have been both a producer and user of grey literature over many years and I think it is a huge asset to policymakers, commentators and academics."

We can only agree.

So don't you miss out, REGISTER TODAY at http://policyplatforms.org/events/ncs-grey-literature-2013

The program for the Grey Literature Strategies conference Where is the evidence 2013 is now available.

View the program here

Where-is-the-evidence-2013-Program.pdf

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