Policy Think Space

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Policy Think Space (60 minutes)

The Policy Think Space is returning to CA2019 following positive feedback from Child Aware 2017. Policy Think Space will run during concurrent sessions and provide an opportunity for policy makers and/or academics to lead a spirited policy discussion and identify the relevance and application of policy to practice. Presentations must be relevant to the one of the Conference Key Themes and demonstrate consideration of the guide questions posed in the guidelines. Each presenter selected must be able to demonstrate in their abstract that their concept is thought provoking and informed by evidence.

The following questions should be considered as a guide when submitting abstracts for this category:

  • How does my abstract unpack the fundamentals of national policy design, and how does it drive national strategy and service delivery?
  • How does my abstract engage both research and the community sector in national policy to influence policy development and maturation?
  • Does my abstract consider what success looks like and how that relates to policy development (e.g. scoping, gathering evidence, consultation etc.)
  • Does my abstract consider policy as a driver of what we do and its influence on service delivery?
  • Does my abstract consider effective influences on policy development or a change in policy? (eg. advocacy)
  • Does my abstract speak to the policy process and how to generate and gain support for new policy ideas?


1. Policy-specific keywords/topics (authors select up to two):
  • Unpacking national policy agendas
  • Social policy (e.g. change/innovation/influencing)
  • Translating policy to practice, and practice to policy
  • Evidence based practice and policy implementation
2. Assessment criteria
  • Relevance of the theoretical context or contextual framework to the chosen key theme
  • Significance of the presentation and supporting evidence for achieving national child aware practices and policies
  • Originality and analysis of the solutions or approaches taken to the issue
  • Extent to which the conceptual arguments and research/practice methodologies are sound
3. General policies and requirements
  • A presenting author must submit the abstract
  • Abstracts must address the overarching theme and/or the specific area of focus
  • Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, mail, email or USB/CD
  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 20 January 2019
  • Abstract length must not exceed 250 words
  • Abstract title maximum 15 words
  • Author bios are a maximum 75 words
  • Author must also provide a 50 word summary of the abstract to be included in the conference handbook
  • All fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed
  • All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s)
  • All presenting authors will be required to register and pay for the Conference by the author registration deadline of 28 February 2019
  • Acceptance of papers will be on the basis of blind peer review
  • Accepted abstracts will be published on the Conference website
  • The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by Internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
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