Partnership tackles housing social issues

A major partnership between a university and a housing provider aims to tackle long-standing social issues by ensuring research findings influence government policy and agencies’ frontline practice.

The five-year $3 million agreement between RMIT and Unison Housing involves several major research projects, including an analysis of the agency’s data to better inform the delivery of programs, as well as new evaluations of key government initiatives.

It comes as the federal government prepares to roll out a new system next year that will measure how well universities collaborate with industry and community groups to ensure academic research has an impact beyond publication in journals.

Earlier this month the Australian Research Council said it was working to simplify the new measurement system, which was first flagged in the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda two years ago.

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