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About the Policy Project

The Policy Project

The Policy Project was established in 2014 to improve the quality of policy advice across government.

How we work

Our work programme focuses on building a high performing policy system that supports and enables good government decision making. It is co-developed with policy practitioners from across government and championed by the Tier 2 Policy Leaders Network (deputy chief executives with policy responsibilities). The programme is jointly funded by government agencies with significant policy functions.

The Policy Project facilitates the policy community to:

  • identify and share good practice
  • build collective ownership of the policy system, and a programme of improvement activities
  • encourage and facilitate collective approaches to improving performance or policy capability where it makes sense
  • co-develop new products, tools and resources to improve the performance of the policy function and quality of policy advice across government.

Reports on the Policy Project

Policy Project Narrative (PDF 362 KB) – The case for change and the original direction of travel for the Policy Project was set out in the 2014 foundation report.

Lifting the policy game across the system: the case of ‘The Policy Project’ (PDF 1.01 MB) – In late 2015, Nehal Davison from the UK Institute for Government wrote a case study assessing the progress and potential of the Policy Project.

New Zealand’s reforms to improve policy making – In October 2016, the UK Institute for Government published an article by Sally Washington, Policy Project Programme Director, updating progress and challenges for the Policy Project.

Events

Innovation Seminar

How can governments better enable innovation to fuel growth and societal wellbeing? 11 February 2019 - Seminar with Brenton Caffin

Behavioural Insights Community of Practice

Embedding the use of Behavioural Insights 3 December 2018 - Conversation Tracker

Maximising Collaboration between Public Servants and Academics in Evidence-based Policy Making

Maximising Collaboration between Public Servants and Academics in Evidence-based Policy Making 15 October 2018 - Roundtable with Professor Paul Cairney

Behavioural Insights Community of Practice - EAST Framework

Behavioural Insights Community of Practice - EAST Framework 29 August 2018 - Applying the EAST Framework

Behavioural Insights Community of Practice Inaugural Event

Behavioural Insights Community of Practice Inaugural Event 19 April 2018 - Conversation Tracker

Policy By Design Symposium

Policy By Design Symposium 30 and 31 May 2018 - Auckland Co-design Lab

Protecting the interests of future generations, and foresight

Protecting the interests of future generations, and foresight 10 April 2018 - Roundtable co-hosted with IGPS and Marie Brousseau-Navarro

Behavioural insights and the rise of empirical government

Behavioural Insights and the Rise of the Empirical Government 5 December 2017 - Roundtable with Dr David Halpern

Understanding public value

Understanding public value 5 May 2017 - The roundtable session with Mark Moore.

Policy stewardship 

Free & Frank Advice and Policy Stewardship December 2017

In pursuit of better stewardship 23 March 2017

People-centred policy workshops at the Government Economics Network Conference

People-centred policy (PDF 164 KB) December 2016 - Andrew Kibblewhite's speech. 

People-centred policy: through behavioural insights, design thinking and better use of data (PDF 1.07 MB) December 2016 - The workshops.

Design thinking roundtable with Professor Jeanne Liedtka 

The session on design thinking - 23 September 2016

Prime Minister launches Policy Project frameworks

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/launch-policy-project-frameworks August 2016 - The Prime Minister’s speech.

Policy Project Launch Speech (PDF 357 KB) August 2016 - Andrew Kibblewhite’s speech.

 

Last updated: 
Monday, 22 August 2016

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