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Core Competencies for Public Policy Analysts

Public policy is the process by which governments translate their political vision and goals into programmes and actions to deliver desired changes (outcomes) in the real world  Government policies are intended to make a difference to people’s lives.  Although policy making follows the same set of guidelines and similar processes, public policy has a completely different mandate than does policy making by private sector companies, in that the obligations to stakeholders are much greater.  High-quality public policy development is not simply the mark of a modern and efficient government; it also has very direct and tangible benefits for the economy and society as a whole.

Public Policy Analysts need certain skills in order to perform their job well and help translate political visions into real world programmes.  Skills such as critical thinking; analysis; problem solving; research; innovativeness; and strategic thinking are core competencies of any Policy Analyst.  Within the public policy arena, skills such as communication; consultation; interpersonal dialoguing; and of course diplomacy working with Ministers is a fundamental requirement. 

Policy Analysts within the CPU have supplemented their skills with extensive training with the UK National School of Government.

The following are courses that have been taken by CPU Policy Analysts and Secondees to the Unit:

  • Effective Briefing for Ministers
  • Effective Speech Writing
  • Senior Entrant Programme – The Policy Environment
  • Making Policy Happen
  • Communicating & Consulting on Policy
  • Policy Development
  • The Management of Policy Work
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Consultations and Communications for Policy Makers
  • Communication Skills: Consulting on Policy

If you are interested in the field of Public Policy, the following is a link to an international website:

UK National School of Government