Career as a Public Administration - Policy Analyst
A Policy Analyst can function within various levels of public sector agencies, such as state or federal levels of
government. Policy analysts can also be employed by consulting firms, or research organizations. Policy analysts collect
information, mainly statistical data, to assist with the investigation of issues and in order to explain the solutions that
they suggest. Policy analysts gather new statistical reports by conducting surveys or by compiling previously existing
data into an analysis, which expresses a new significance. They distinguish current or imminent matters, formulate
resolutions, and assess other anticipated explanations. This type of researcher may attempt to establish the causes of
an issue once it has been identified. An analysis of numerous policy concepts and suggestions could affect the issue is
then managed as well as the determination of appropriate solutions.
However, it is important to mention that
identifying causes and solutions is a difficult process due to social and political issues. These social and political issues
have numerous interrelated processes that are difficult to isolate, and the actual effects of policies oftentimes differ
from their intended results.
Policy analysis is a technique used in public administration to enable civil servants, activists, and others to examine
and evaluate the available options to implement the goals of laws and elected officials. The process is also used in the
administration of large organizations with complex policies. It has been defined as the process of "determining which
of various policies will achieve a given set of goals in light of the relations between the policies and the goals.
Working for policy research firms, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Policy analysts conduct research,
analyze proposed policies, evaluate the effects of existing policies, and report their findings to government officials
and members of the public.
Duties and Responsibilities of public administration policy analyst is to review existing policies related to governance
and public administration, Analysis and draft of policy documents and white papers related to governance and public
administration policies, communication and outreach.
Policy Analyst work to a different time scale. Policy Analysts work as researchers with universities and various
government agencies. You can also find employment with lobbying firms or nonprofit organizations as a policy writer.
A political campaign may want to hire you as an adviser to the candidate on various voter issues. If you prefer to work
independently, and you have expertise in a particular issue, you may choose to work as a consultant. Agencies and
organizations may contract with you to work on one particular project.
Entry Level Education
Master Degree of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) , Economics, Public Administration, Governance, or any