Howard Partners has completed an extended range of projects and assignments for Government, business and NGO clients. They have been undertaken largely by Dr John Howard and supported by Anne Howard (Director). Many reflect Important collaborations with Associates of the firm, including Emeritus Professor Roy Green (UTS) and Dr Mark Matthews.
GRDC Capacity and Ability Framework review: people (in progress)
Investing in Australian public research and development: problems, challenges, and opportunities, Howard Partners (in progress).
Assistance in preparing the Research Commercialisation IP Framework Consultation Paper and preparing a comprehensive draft of the consultation responses (April-October 2021).
Rethinking Australia’s higher education system: towards a diversified system for the 21st century, with Preface by Professor Glyn Davis, Howard Partners, 2021. Buy Paper
The 2020 financial crisis in higher education: What were the drivers, and how should universities respond? Paper presented at the LH Martin Institute Conference: The role of Tertiary Education in supporting post-Covid social, environmental, and economic recovery, 26 – 28 October 2021 Download Paper.
The Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation, UTS Occasional Paper, UTS and Howard Partners, 2020. Buy Paper
Lessons from University-Business Engagement in Australia: Making Collaboration More Effective, presentation to the AIRG Roundtable, Sydney, 2019. View Presentation
Australia’s Rural Innovation Future: Performance Review of The Rural Innovation System, for the Rural Industries Research and Innovation Committee of the Primary Industry Ministers Council, 2018. Buy Report. Research Reports: Global Value Chains; Previous Policy Statements, and Reviews; Key Institutions in the Rural Innovation System; Expert Opinion Survey Response Charts; and The Biologically Derived Economy: A Discussion.
Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation. Report of the Analysis of Stakeholder Consultation, Innovation and Science Australia, 2017. Buy Paper
Towards the Development of an Innovation Ecosystem Policy, Discussion Paper for Innovation Science Australia about the Development of the 2030 Innovation System Strategic Plan, Howard Partners, 2017. View Paper
Twenty-Five Years of Reviews: The Evolution of Australian Innovation and Industry Policy, A Public Policy Narrative, A Paper for Innovation Science Australia In Relation To The Development Of The 2030 Innovation System Strategic Plan, Howard Partners, 2017. View Paper
Disruption And Transformation In Higher Education: Policy Implications And Options A Paper For Innovation Science Australia In Relation To The Development Of The 2030 Innovation System Strategic Plan, Howard Partners, 2017. View Paper
UTS Submission to the House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee inquiry into matters that ensure Australia’s tertiary education system can meet the needs of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity, 2017. View Submission
Regional Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) for the Hunter Region in 2016. View Report
Capabilities for Australian enterprise innovation: The role of government, industry and education and research institutions in developing innovation capabilities – key informant interviews, Securing Australia’s Futureproject, ACOLA, 2016. Buy Report
“Governance Models and Frameworks for Smart Specialisation”‘ Paper presented at Regional Studies Association and European Commission Joint Research Centre, Changing Patterns of Territorial Policy: Smart Specialisation & Innovation in Europe, First SMARTER Conference on Smart Specialisation and Territorial Development, 28-30 September 2016, Seville, Spain. View Paper and Presentation.
“Smart Specialisation as an Engagement Framework for Triple Helix Interactions”. Paper presented at the XIV International Triple Helix Conference 25-27 September 2016, Heidelberg Germany, Triple Helix Models of Innovation: Addressing Ecosystem Challenges in the Era of Crises Regional Dimensions of Triple Helix? Clusters, Cities and Geographic Boundaries’. Winner of best paper award View Paper
Translating Research for Economic and Social Benefit: Measures that facilitate the transfer of knowledge from publicly funded research organisations to industry: country comparisons (Australia), Securing Australia’s Futureproject, ACOLA, 2015. View Report
Australia’s Innovation Future. A Report for the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System on the Structure and Performance of Australia’s National Innovation System, December 2015 (with Professor Roy Green). View Report
Cross-sectoral industry research, development, and extension Decision support guidance on when and how to collaborate, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, 2015. View Report
Member of the Science Assessment Panel for the CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering Division, September 2013.
Research on university business interactions in the steel fabrication industry, published as Digital Steel, by the Commonwealth Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, 2013. View Report
Advice for CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship on presenting information on impacts and outcomes in a way that is consistent with the CSIRO Impact Monitoring Tool and the CRC Impact Tool, April 2013.
Member of the Expert Panel to Review the CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship, September 2012
Innovation and Productivity in Manufacturing: Measurement Issues, Howard Partners, 2012 View Paper
Review of the Lighthouse Innovation Centre, ACT Government, 2011
Commercialisation metrics survey, 2007. Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, 2008
The Role of Intermediaries in Support of Innovation, for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, 2007. View Report
“CSIRO: Partnering for the Future”. Innovation Management Policy and Practice 9, no. 2, 2007. View Article.
Data analysis for the national survey of research Commercialisation 2003 and 2004. Canberra: Department of Education, Science and Training, 2007.
Changing Paradigms – Rethinking Innovation Policies, Practices and Programs – A study of innovation in Australian businesses, Business Council of Australia, 2006. View Report
Knowledge Exchange Networks in Australia’s Innovation System: Overview and Strategic Analysis, Department of Education, Science and Training, 2005. View Report
The Emerging Business of Knowledge Transfer: Creating Value from Intellectual Products and Service, Department of Education, Science and Training, 2005. View Report
Digital Factories: The Hidden Revolution in Australian Manufacturing, Department of Communications, Information Technology, and the Arts September 2005 (With Dr Mark Matthews). View Report
The Utilisation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by “non ICT” Manufacturers: Business Profiles, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, 2005, View Profiles
Profile of Australian Early-Stage Venture Capital Investments 1995‑96–2003-04, Department of Industry Tourism and Resources, June 2005 View Profile
“The Emerging Business of Knowledge Transfer: From Diffusion to Engagement in the Delivery of Economic Outcomes from Publicly Funded Research ” In Triple Helix 5. Turin, Italy, 2004. View Paper
Business, Higher Education, and Innovation: Institutions for Engagement in a Mode 2 Society. A thesis submitted in fulfilment of requirements for PhD. The University of Sydney, 2004. View Thesis.
Study of the interactions between research organisations SMEs in the ICT Sector. Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, 2004.
Forum and Fair of Ideas, Commercialisation Discussion Paper, Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, 2003. View Paper
Best Practice Processes for University Research Commercialisation, Department of Education, Science and Training, 2002. View Report (with Professor Ron Johnston)
Mapping the Nature and Extent of Business-University Interaction in Australia, Australian Research Council, 2001. With Dr Mark Matthews Download Report
Recipes for Success: Case Studies Illustrating Successful Innovations by Food Businesses, Food Innovation Group, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2001. View Report
Commercialising Innovation: “The Second Step”, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (NSW Division), 2001
Study of the Feasibility and Efficacy of Commercialising Research Outcomes from Australian Research Council Funded Research, Department of Education, Science and Training, 2001 (with Dr Craig Fowler, E&Y). View Report Phase 1 and Phase 2
A Study of Government R&D Expenditure by Sector and Technology. Department of Industry, Science and Resources, 2000, Dr Mark Matthews, Dr John Howard. View Report
Audit and Review of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Infrastructure in Victoria, Department of State and Regional Development, Melbourne, 2000. View Executive Report, Report Volume 1 (with Dr Mark Matthews)
Views to recipients of the 125 per cent tax concession: A Report from 50 Consultations and Interviews. Department of Industry, Science and Resources, 1999.
The economic impact of venture capital in Australia. AusIndustry, 1998.Benchmarking costs and performance for Australian rural research and development corporations. Rural RDCs Chairs Committee, 1998.
Report on the feasibility of options for a NDIA Assistive Technology Hub, arising from a scoping study report prepared for NDIA by UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance, 2016.
Digital Post: Business transformation and the future sustainability of Australia Post, McKell Institute, 2015. View Report
Regional Economic Development Strategy for Canberra and the Capital Region: Enhancing Canberra’s role as a national and regional hub for economic development, Howard Partners, 2013 View Paper
The What, How and Why of social media: A Guide for Local Government, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, Sydney. View Report
Innovation, Ingenuity, and Initiative: The adoption and application of new ideas in Australian Local Government, Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) 2012. View Monograph
Connecting with Communities: How Local Government is Using social media to Engage with Citizens. Canberra: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government and ANZSOG Institute for Governance. 2012. View Report
Public Policy Drift: Why governments must replace ‘policy on the run’ and ‘policy by fiat’ with a ‘business case’ approach to regain public confidence, Institute of Public Administration Australia. 2012. View Report
Arts Hub Scoping Study, Phase One, ACT Government, 2012 View Report
Preparation of economic development and business policy papers, Canberra Business Council, 2012
“Great expectations: Developing ‘instruments for engagement’ in university, business, government, and community relations”. Paper delivered at Conference on Innovation Systems and the New Role of Universities. Bristol UK, 2011. View Paper
Stakeholder consultation and facilitation services “listening to small business round-tables”, ACT Government 2011, 2013
Making Canberra’s Tertiary Education System the Best in The World: A Vision for ACT Tertiary Education in the 21st Century, Professor John H Howard, David Akers, Christopher Peters, Professor John Richards, 2010. View Report
Framework for the Territory’s Green Economy Strategy. Canberra: Chief Minister’s Department, 2009.
The State of Victoria, Australia: Self Evaluation Report: OECD Reviews of Higher Education in City and Regional Development. IMHE, 2009. View Report
Rigour and Relevance: Towards a scholarship of integration – Extending the role of social sciences and humanities in public policy research, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Canberra, 2008. View Report
Melbourne: Australia’s Knowledge Capital. A Study of the Economic, Social and Cultural Contributions of Victoria’s Universities with a Melbourne Presence, Melbourne City Council, 2007. View Report
Securing Our Manufacturing Future: Small Business Manufacturing to 2015 and Beyond, NSW Small Business Development Corporation, Sydney, 2001 (with Professor Ron Johnston). View Report
Universities’ Third Mission: Communities Engagement, B-HERT Position Paper No. 11, June 2006. View Paper
Advice on the development of the Fire Knowledge Network, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, Canberra, 2006 View Report
Development of a model for a national award for excellence in IP development and commercialisation. Australian Biotechnology Advisory Council, 2006.
“Engagement in an Era of Industrialisation”. In Bjarnason, S & Coldstream, P (Eds.) The idea of engagement: universities in society. London, Association of Commonwealth Universities, 2003. (With Professor Ron Johnston) See Chapter
Study to support the development of a national food industry strategy – management capacities and Culture. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2001.
Research Investment Strategy and Plan 2019-2025 for an Australian University, 2019
Impact Review of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN), ACT Government, 2016, View Report.
Strategic Communication Reviews for two Queensland Government Departments. Brisbane, 2013, 2014.
Assist a Queensland government department in developing its new four-year strategic plan, Brisbane, 2014
Strathnairn Future Vision Report. 2012. Outcome of facilitation of strategic workshop for the Strathnairn Arts Association Inc.
Case Study of Brisbane City Council Use of Social Media, Howard Partners, 2011. View Case Study
Evaluation of the Budget Initiative: Securing Australia: Protecting our Industries from Biological, Chemical and Physical Risk, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2008 View Report
Strategic Review of the eWater CRC, eWater CRC, 2008
Review of the ACT Knowledge Fund, ACT Government, 2007. View Report
Review of the Bio21 Project and Bio21 Australia Limited, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victoria and Bio21 Australia Limited, 2006.View Overview Report
Audit of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Department of Environment and Heritage and the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, 2006.
Evaluation of the Budget Initiative for Enhancing Animal Health Infrastructure. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2005.
Evaluation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund. Department of Health and Ageing, 2005.
Review of the Smart State Research Facilities Fund, Queensland Department of State Development and Innovation, 2004.
Evaluation of the Cooperative Research Centres Program, Department of Education, Science, and Training, 2003, with Dr Mark Matthews. View Report
Evaluation of the Budget Initiative, Building a National Approach to Animal and Plant Health, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2003.
Evaluation of the Australian Wetland Repair Program. Department of Environment and Heritage, 2003.
Evaluation of the Australian Wetland Repair Program and Review of the Management of Wetland Care Australia, Department of Environment and Heritage, 2003.
Review of Communication Culture, Structure and Resources, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 2002. View report
Interim Evaluation of the Innovation Investment Funds (IIF) Program, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, 2002. View Report
Interim Evaluation of the Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) Program, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, 2002. View Report
Evaluation of the New Industries Development Program, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2002. View Report
Advice on Departmental communication strategy. Department of Finance and Administration, 2000.
Review of the management structure of South Sydney Council. South Sydney Council, 2000
National Food Industry Strategy: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2000.
Mid-Term Review of the Natural Heritage Trust: Review of Administration, Environment Australia, 1999 View Report
Norfolk Island Strategic Review, Norfolk Island Administration, 1999. View Report
Review of the Direction, Administration and Funding of the Australian Pork Industry Quality Program (APIQ). Canberra: Pig Research and Development Corporation, 1999.