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Policy advice themes

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Word cloud listing words associated with the Policy Project

Achieving the multiple dimensions of quality policy advice can be challenging. Here you will find information on how to develop and deliver policy advice effectively, and what good practice in key dimensions means.

Over the years, a number of themes have emerged about producing and providing good policy advice. The information provided will help you improve your policy practice in the following seven areas:

In this section

  • Commissioning a policy project

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

  • Communicating policy advice

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

  • Engagement

    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.

  • Evidence and evaluation

    Good policy advice is underpinned by good evidence. Good evaluation of policy decisions is important because it helps inform future decision-making.

  • Free and frank advice

    Free and frank advice underpins our system of government.

  • Innovation

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

  • Policy and law

    Considering legal issues early in the policy process helps create good policy advice and good law.

  • Stewardship

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

Last updated: 
Friday, 27 November 2020

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