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Case study: Supporting individuals to develop and grow their policy skills

Land Information New Zealand case study:

Land Information New Zealand case study

Land Information New Zealand has been using the Development Pathways Tool to help its policy teams develop and grow their skills and to enrich development plan discussions. The tool sets out the actions a policy practitioner can take to develop their skills to get to the next level.

Sarah Metwell, Policy Manager at Land Information New Zealand, says the tool has been effective in helping team members take personal responsibility for their development. It ‘demystifies’ development and helps them understand the link between day-to-day tasks and their learning goals. Individuals are actively seeking out opportunities to lead or contribute to projects that are an appropriate challenge for them. For example, Sarah says individuals are coming to her and asking for experience in developing Regulatory Impact Assessments, as the tool has helped them identify these as a way to develop their skills. Sarah is also looking at her team’s work programme to help her map projects to the skills that individuals have said they would like to develop and grow.

“The Development Pathways Tool has helped our policy practitioners to own their development. The tool helps unpack practical ideas, by providing not just the ‘what', but the ‘how' you develop your skills.”

Sarah Metwell
Policy Manager Land Information New Zealand

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

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