Great policy advice is the foundation of effective government decision making. Improving the quality of policy advice across government requires a policy community that is committed to upping its game.
Head of the Policy Profession
Andrew Kibblewhite, Chief Executive of DPMC, is Head of the Policy Profession. As Head of Profession, Andrew is responsible for improving the policy system – that is, the capabilities, systems, processes and standards. Read more about the Head of the Policy Profession.
The Policy Project
The Policy Project acts as a catalyst. We collaborate across the policy community to co-produce solutions that will help policy organisations and policy professionals improve and innovate. Read more about the Policy Project.
Tier 2 Policy Leaders Network
The Tier 2 Policy Leaders Network is a group of deputy chief executives with policy responsibilities, who are committed to system-wide improvement in policy capability, design and delivery. Members represent a wide variety of policy areas. Read more about the Tier 2 Policy Leaders Network.
Policy advice is a service and, like all other services, we strive to improve what we deliver and how we deliver it.
- We need to stretch ourselves to be agile and innovative to keep pace with today’s challenges as well as gearing up to respond to looming and future policy issues. We need to create a culture of learning and continuous improvement.
- Better Public Service reforms have introduced strong expectations of cross-agency collaboration to achieve results. These provide a foundation which the policy community can use to reinvigorate the way we do policy.
- We can re-set the aspiration for the policy system, by establishing common foundations for defining policy excellence, for considering our own agency capabilities and how they can be improved, and for create policy teams that can deliver great policy advice.
The system isn’t broken but there is room for improvement:
- Policy quality varies within agencies and across government and there have been no common standards for what great policy advice looks like, what goes into it, and how to meet our current and future policy demands.
- We miss opportunities to improve policy through shared learning and by up-scaling good practice. While there is no shortage of good ideas, these ideas often remain locked in their place of origin and we are constantly ‘reinventing the wheel’.
- We need to collectively build capability for the future by investing in the policy workforce and ways to keep policy responsive and relevant.
The case for change in full, and the direction of travel for the Policy Project is set out in this foundation report The Policy Project Narrative and Direction of Travel (362KB PDF).
Previous government-wide policy improvement initiatives
- Improving the quality and value of policy advice (Treasury Website, 1,820 KB PDF)
- High Fliers: Developing High Performing Policy Units (SSC Website)
- Looping the Loop: Evaluating Outcomes and Other Risky Feats (SSC Website)
- Minds over Matter: Human Resources Issues Affecting the Quality of Policy Advice (SSC Website)