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Nonprofit organisations and public policy : exploring the research role of the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Keen, Susan (1996) Nonprofit organisations and public policy : exploring the research role of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

This paper begins to explore the role of the Brotherhood of St Laurence as a nonprofit welfare organisation and its influence on public policy in Australia. The Brotherhood's impact on Australian social policy has been evident through a range of actions: the production of research on relevant social issues; the preparation of submissions and position papers and involvement in consultations with governments on social policy; and the personal influence of many of the charismatic (mostly) men who have led the organisation throughout its history. This paper highlights the Brotherhood’s research aspect and speculates upon the impact of its considerable research contribution. The Brotherhood has been involved in service delivery through a range of often innovative programs throughout its history, but the organisation's involvement in research and advocacy has rendered it unique in comparison to any other nonprofit welfare organisation in Australia. This paper finds that different kinds of research can be utilised in different ways; by studying the output of the Brotherhood it will explore and highlight how knowledge utilisation takes place. [Introduction]

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ID Code: 53417
Item Type: Working Paper
ISBN: 1864351217
ISSN: 1037-1516
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2012 09:33
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 12:33

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