Working Paper No. 2. Author: Ted Preston, September 1999. There is currently a shortage in the supply of skilled policy staff; there is also a dearth of recognised public-sector-wide policy training.
This paper examines the latter aspect of this dilemma, and suggests a way forward using a 'value-chain' model. The multiple benefits of resolving this quandary are identified in this paper - working towards the overall goal of a long-term increase in policy advice skills engenders advantages for the Public Service as a whole, for Ministers, for advisory staff, and for training providers. Note: Publication of the Working Papers Series recognises the value of developmental work in generating policy options. The papers in this series were prepared for the purpose of informing policy development. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be taken to be the views of the State Services Commission. The Commission view may differ in substance or extent from that contained in this paper.