National Housing Research Program (NHRP)

Research approach

Policy Development Research

It is the applied, policy focussed nature of research funded by the NHRP that differentiates it from other sources of research funding. The Policy Development Research Model facilitates engagement between the research and policy communities.

Policy Development Research integrates the traditionally separate processes of evidence building and policy development into one set of practices.

Policy development research demands a high degree of collaboration within and between the research communities and the policy and practice community. This occurs through an AHURI Inquiry, which is established to address a priority policy issue or a Research Project which involves the conduct of research on a contained research topic.

Each Inquiry is guided by a panel of experts, who are informed by the integrated suite of supporting research projects. These supporting research projects build the knowledge and ideas critical to addressing the policy question.

Figure 1: Inquiry process

Figure 2: Inquiry panel

AHURI funds a variety of research using a range of methods, from broad exploratory analysis of emerging issues through to evaluative research around current policy.

AHURI funds research that:

  • draws on different disciplines, including economic, geographic, sociological, anthropological and architectural perspectives
  • utilises a range of data sources, including government administrative data, secondary survey data, investigator initiated surveys, focus groups, informant interviews and stakeholder workshops
  • uses innovative analytical methods, including statistical modelling, qualitative analysis and natural experiments
  • uses data sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, AURIN and longitudinal data sets such as the Housing, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey and Journeys Home: Longitudinal Study of Factors Affecting Housing Stability.

Indigenous housing research is a strategic priority. AHURI maintains the principle that all funded research should include an Indigenous focus. Funding applications that do not include an Indigenous focus must provide a compelling justification for not including an Indigenous focus.

Setting the agenda

The NHRP Research Agenda is developed through consultation with key stakeholders.

The process includes bilateral consultation with all governments, input from the AHURI partner universities, an annual AHURI symposium with Treasury, Department of Social Services and State and Territory Chief Executives responsible for housing, and a final consideration by the  AHURI Limited Board.

The AHURI Limited Board approve the Research Agenda for the launch of the NHRP Funding Round.

NHRP Research Agenda

AHURI provides an evidence-base of practical, applied research to support policy development and to add new knowledge to housing studies and related disciplines.

We draw on the extensive capabilities of our research partners to deliver on our key research findings. There are eight AHURI Research Centres across Australia.

  • AHURI Research Centre—Curtin University
  • AHURI Research Centre—RMIT University
  • AHURI Research Centre—Swinburne University of Technology
  • AHURI Research Centre—The University of Adelaide
  • AHURI Research Centre—The University of New South Wales
  • AHURI Research Centre—University of South Australia
  • AHURI Research Centre—The University of Sydney
  • AHURI Research Centre—University of Tasmania

The NHRP Research Agenda is updated annually to provide direction in the development of this evidence-base and to set priorities for the annual funding round.