Delivering Great Policy

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Practical to implement

We work with those involved in implementation and try out multiple options, so we have a practical solution that we have a plan for how to evaluate.

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What it is
  • Will work in the real world
  • Future proofed
  • Options discussed and tested with implementers early
  • Explores alternative solutions
  • Evaluation “baked in” from the outset
  • Solution will lead to desired policy outcome (and consistent with problem definition)
  • Focus is on the ‘how’ – finding possible ways and levers to make it happen
  • Unnecessary barriers are identified and removed 
What it isn't
  • Isn’t meaningful to citizens/businesses/end users
  • Tokenistic consultation with implementers
  • Doesn’t work in the real world
  • Only considers short-term options
  • Created in a vacuum
  • Untested
  • Impractical
  • Elitist
  • Risk averse

Foundation for readiness

  • Access to the decision maker
  • Culture (and systems) of learning from the past
  • Mature approach to risk
  • Licence to try things out
  • Permission to engage stakeholders, including externals
  • Permission to engage implementers
  • Accountable
  • Curious
  • Collaborative
  • Willing to look for multiple and different sources
  • Courageous
  • Humble
    • Open and honest
    • Not making assumptions
    • Early engagement
    • Transparent relationships
  • Adaptive
    • To audience
    • To context
    • Iterative
    • Flexible
  • Optimistic
    • Problem/opportunity framing
  • Realistic
  • Impartial
  • Mature approach to risk
  • Engagement and comms
  • Collaboration
  • Networking
  • Understanding systems and processes
  • Negotiate and influence (time, resources)
  • Contextually aware
    • Strategic thinking
    • Big picture
    • Political context and priorities
    • Tailor approach to suit context
  •  Analysis and synthesis
  • Prototyping and testing
  • Research
    • Engaging end users
    • Data
  • Domain knowledge and expertise
  • Setting up for measurement and evaluation
  • Writing skills