Let’s chat about public policy!

Who wants to get nerdy for a couple minutes? If you’re down, let’s talk about the traits of effective public policy. Then, we can explore a really neat infographic brought to us by our friends at Norwich University.

Public policy affects us all, but what makes an effective policy and how can the success of different policies be measured? The infographic below highlights the main features of good public policy, discussing the most important issues and the formulae used to establish measures that work.

Public policy is a network of regulations, measures, systems and laws that are enforced or recommended to benefit people. Typically, policies are championed by a government or its representatives, with opponents lying in wait to make challenges and influence the decision-making process. 

According to the image below, the most crucial public policy issues in the US include strengthening the economy, increasing employment, reducing debt, defending the country against terrorism and making sure social security is financially sound. Additional concerns include promoting better education, protecting and improving Medicare, lowering the cost of healthcare, helping those in need and reducing crime rates. 

Effective public policy should solve problems and provide answers to questions, and it represents a combination of ‘good politics’ and ‘good policies.’ To draw up a strategy that works, it’s essential to define the problem and then undertake research and analysis to gather information and use data to make informed decisions. Planning and implementing policies involves a series of processes from collecting data for research purposes to drawing up budgets. Strong policies should solve issues efficiently and cost-effectively, promote citizenship, support democracy and facilitate justice. 

If you’re interested in public policy, or you’re keen to learn more about what makes a policy effective, take a closer look at the insightful infographic below. 

Infographic Design By Norwich University

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