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Good policy advice relies on skilled policy practitioners. They need to be able to analyse and respond to policy challenges and come up with workable solutions that will add value to the lives of New Zealanders.

To do this, policy practitioners need to get better at understanding the lives of the people they are designing policy for; they need to get better at engaging with customers and stakeholders.  They need to interpret the available evidence and data.  They need to be savvy to the political context and understand what government wants to achieve.  They need to be able advise on options, and recommend the best solution.  

The Policy Skills Framework

The Policy Skills Framework sets out the knowledge, applied skills and behaviour required of policy professionals - from new professionals developing their policy craft to seasoned experts at the top of their game.  

It is one of three improvement frameworks co-designed for and by the policy community to help government agencies improve their policy quality and capability. All three frameworks have been endorsed for use by the Head of Policy Profession and the Tier 2 Policy Leaders Network.


Tools and applications

Tools are available for use by individuals to describe their policy skills profile, for managers to assess the skills mix of their team and for use in recruitment, performance discussions and learning and development processes.

Communication tools - A3 poster (PDF 802 KB) - A5 desk card (1.78 MB)

Give us feedback

If you would like to give feedback on the Policy Skills Framework or any of the tools, please complete our 5-minute survey or send us a brief email.

Join the Discussion

If you would like to discuss use of the frameworks or want to share an idea or an experience, get in contact.

Conversations we’ve had so far about a skilled policy workforce

Also check out our Policy Community and News and Events for more information.