Over last 15 years Howard Partners have prepared numerous reports and papers for clients, either in response to a specific problem oriented brief, or a requirement for greater understanding about a particular issue or problem. Considerable success has been achieved through adoption of recommendations and implementation of proposed courses of action. Our work has resulted in change and improvement in the organisations we have worked with.
The firm's output is grouped in three categories.
Clients have commissioned research to provide a greater understanding and knowledge about issues and events as a basis for policy action and initiative. The methodology is essentially that of applied research, and involves placing a topic in a researchable 'problem oriented' format, bringing together existing available knowledge about the issues, assembling new information through survey, investigation and analysis and formulation of conclusions and recommendations.
Consultancy projects are also undertaken in response to specific terms of reference that address a problem, or opportunity, that management requires a solution or strategy. They involve an investigatory, and sometimes forensic, methodology and aim to provide management with a solution that resolves the situation, provides a solution, and is implementable. Reports of consultancy projects are rarely published.
John Howard commenced his consulting career in local government research and consulting, commencing as research director for the National Inquiry into Local Government Finance. The financial problems and issues identified then are still relevant today. Only a limited amount of that output is available electronically, although printed copies are available in public library collections.
Howard Partners consultants have also produced a considerable body of work for inclusion in scholarly publications and for presentation and conferences and forums. This output provides and important foundation for the firm's research and consulting work.
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.