The Policy Skills Framework (PSF) is a common description of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of the modern policy professional. Rather than focusing on competencies, the framework outlines the mix of skills policy practitioners need. It allows for varying levels of experience in each component (from developing to expert/leading) acknowledging that individuals have different strengths (skills breadth and depth).
The PSF provides the foundation for a range of applications:
- To map an individual’s skill set and levels of expertise, and use as a touchstone for development planning
- For diagnosing whether policy teams are ‘fit-for-purpose’ and identifying gaps and skills oversupply
- As a reference menu to construct policy roles and teams;
- To illustrate a range of policy career pathways;
- To demonstrate the skills drawn on at different stages of an end-to-end policy work stream;
- In recruitment processes