Strengthening policy capability: New Zealand's Policy Project

Sally Washington, Michael Mintrom

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Policy practitioners apply tools and frameworks to policy challenges
in order to improve social, economic, and environmental
outcomes. Could such tools and frameworks be applied to
improve the quality of policy design itself? In 2014, prompted by
evidence of widespread inconsistency in the quality of policy
advice being produced across agencies, the New Zealand
Government launched the Policy Project. It deployed policy analytic
tools and frameworks to investigate current practice in policy
design to improve the quality of policy advice across the whole of
government. Through collaborative methods, the Policy Project
identified and codified what quality policy advice looks like and
the skills and processes needed to produce it. We review the context
and creation of the Policy Project, its contributions, evidence
of its impacts, and prospects for its replication across other public
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-46
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy Design and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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