Howard Partners works in a number of discrete, but closely inter-related, areas:
it impacts on the transfer of knowledge between research organisations, business and government.
. Management strategy and organisation covering corporate and business planning, innovation management,
capability sourcing and performance improvement.
. Communication strategy covering the interface between business strategy and messaging. We are experts in the strategic
application of social media and marketing and communications.
Our capability has been built up through 15 years of working with clients using the tools and techniques of applied research, assembly of evidence, and integrated thinking. The impact of our work is reflected in the extensive adoption, application and use of our findings and recommendations.
We are keen to apply knowledge generated through research and draw on leading edge and professionally validated contemporary management practices.
Our approaches to projects is research and evidence based, and issues driven. Project management involves the following elements:
. Establishing a base for sound project administration and work-flow management, including agreement on milestones,
involvement of clients and processes for report drafting and completion.
. Situation analysis - to determine "what is gone on around here" through initial briefings, review of internal documentations,
internal staff interviews and workshops, and external stakeholder consultation. Our approach to consultation is outlined in the
. Research and investigation through review of relevant literature, associated documentation, stakeholder analysis. This
informs questions and issues to be addressed in the next stage. We combine knowledge of established and contemporary
business thinking with deep seated knowledge of business practice.
. Analysis and review, leading to clear articulation of findings and preparing draft recommendations.
. Report drafting and finalisation.
Our aim is to produce an outcome that meet or exceeds client expectations. Our processes are designed to ensure that there are "no surprises" at the conclusion of an engagement.
Howard Partners also provides assistance for organisations seeking government grant funding. Dr John Howard has led bid teams that have raised in excess of $50m in the higher education area.
During 2018 Howard Partners is celebrating 20 years as an independent public policy research, advisory, and management consulting firm.
Howard Partners was honoured to have contributed to the Innovation and Science Australia Strategic Plan, Australia 2030: Prosperity Though Innovation, released in early 2018. Our Consultations Report and Expert Opinion Survey was released at the same time.
Howard Partners is currently working with the National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee on a Performance Review of Australia's Rural Innovation System.
In November 2017 the Review Team released an Issues Paper to guide consultations and discussions about the Review. The consultations program has now been completed, involving meetings with over 100 people from research and teaching organisations, business and government.