Reviewing the evidence

Analysing national and international evidence

With a wealth of existing research on a range of issues, it can be difficult to understand findings, analyse trends and distil key recommendations from that research. We identify, analyse, evaluate and summarise the findings from existing national and international evidence, systematically identifying significant information relevant to your specific needs, and the contexts in which it applies in order to provide tangible and relevant findings to support the development of practical solutions.

This may include a range of evidence review options, such as literature reviews, annotated research bibliographies or research syntheses—determining what works, for whom, and in what context. This enables us to translate complex data into simple, useable and relevant practical solutions.

Case study: Housing provision for the over 70s
Our client: Lend Lease
The issue: to understand the current evidence-base around housing options for older Australians.
Our action: our solution included a series of three facilitated workshops with key stakeholders including elected government officials and senior public servants. Each workshop was grounded in an evidence base developed by AHURI specifically for that purpose and targeted to answer questions specific to the ACT context.
The outcome: our solution included an investigation of all available AHURI and external research on housing for older Australians including housing stock available, projected demand, emerging policy directions and current cost-effective models in meeting housing need. The findings were synthesised into a final report which also identified current gaps in the evidence base.
Case study: Impact of demand-side housing subsidies on the housing market
Our client: NZ Ministry of Social Development
The issue: to understand the impact of demand-side housing subsidies on the housing market.
Our action: our review targeted high-quality evidence-based publications internationally and identified eight empirical papers from four countries (New Zealand, France, Finland and UK) that investigated the effect of demand-side housing subsidies on the housing market, all of which were reviewed for the final report.
The outcome: the review found strong evidence to support the contention that a proportion of demand-side housing subsidies is capitalised into higher rents in the private rental market.