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What policy topics are you interested in?

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What policy topics are you interested in?

  • The New Zealand public service has a duty of stewardship, to look ahead and provide advice on future challenges and opportunities.


  • Public problems are increasingly complex and connected, which requires policy practitioners to tap into creative answers.

  • Futures thinking is also known as foresight, strategic foresight and futures studies.

  • Free and frank advice underpins our system of government.

  • Good policy advice is underpinned by good evidence. Good evaluation of policy decisions is important because it helps inform future decision-making – and contributes to continuous improvement.

  • As part of our commitment to accountability and transparency, agencies must include information in the Estimates and Annual Reports on the quality of their policy advice, and the satisfaction of their minister with the policy support provided by the age

  • Good quality engagement by government can solve complex problems, can lead to better solutions and build enduring relationships with individuals and groups in the community.

  • The Policy Project has a number of frameworks, tools and resources to support you or your team in developing their policy skills.

  • Design thinking is also known as human-centred design, co-design and participatory decision.

  • Communicating advice effectively to a decision-maker relies on the art of good story telling.

  • Quality commissioning is the starting point for producing quality policy advice.

  • Behavioural insights involves the study of human behaviour, often drawing on empirical research in fields including economics, psychology and sociology.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 10 December 2020

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