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The requirements for individual policy analysis positions will differ, depending on their grade level and their organizational location. Factors such as the perspectives of top policy officials and sensitivity to organizational mission and objectives influence the nature of the responsibilities placed on a policy analyst. The principal requirements for performing policy analysis functions are listed below, as appropriate to the position to be filled.
Generally, candidate evaluation is based primarily on relevant academic achievement and/or experience. When evaluating a candidate's academic performance, agencies should determine the extent to which completed course work has contributed to a knowledge of policy analysis methods, microeconomic and macro-economic theories, social sciences, statistics, operations research, organizational theory, public finance, logic, or other subject-matter knowledge required to perform the work of the position.
Consideration should be given for active involvement in policy analysis organizations, presentation of technical papers, and participation in seminars. Technical publications should be weighed for their contributions to advancing policy in particular areas rather than on quantity.
Other sources of information that may be useful in evaluating candidates include: work products, e.g., reports, studies, articles, letters, and memoranda; reference inquiries; supervisory appraisals; personal interviews; and results of assessment center activities.
Administrative analysis work does not require specialized subject-matter knowledge, but does require other knowledge and skill to perform staff analytical, planning, and evaluative work concerned with the administrative and operational aspects of agency programs and management. Specifically, administrative analysis work requires:
Candidate evaluation is based on a combination of relevant academic courses and experience. When evaluating a candidate's academic performance, agencies should determine the extent to which completed course work has contributed to a knowledge of management and analytical methods, statistics, organizational theory, public finance, logic or other knowledge required to perform the work of the position.
Consideration should be given for active involvement in public administration organizations, presentation of papers, and participation in seminars.
Other sources of information that may be useful in evaluating candidates include work products, e.g., reports, studies, articles, letters, and memoranda; reference inquiries; supervisory appraisals; personal interviews; and results of assessment center activities.
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