I recently came across the Centre for Public Impact – a not-for-profit foundation ‘dedicated to improving the positive impact of governments’.
They have developed a really interesting system for analysing examples of public policy from across the world, assessing them against three fundamental principles:
Legitimacy – the underlying support for a policy and the attempts to achieve it,
Policy – the design quality of policies intended to achieve impact, and
Action – the translation of policies into real-world effect.
They share their findings for each ‘case study’ openly on their Public Impact Observatory, calling out where they are succeeding or failing and drawing out the key lessons for future policy work.
It is fascinating stuff. If you are into public policy and, like me, keen to learn more from real people delivering real policies, this is a must-have in your favourites list.