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In the Department of Health, we see Open Policy Making not as a discrete concept or behaviour, but a state of mind. We would argue that open policy making is gold-standard policy making. But we recognise that too often, policy making defaults from the gold-standard. Sometimes this is a consequence of unchangeable circumstance, but at other times it could have been prevented. We aim to professionalise our policy making to improve standards, and are using the Twelve Actions to Professionalise Policy Making as a blueprint to do that.
This is our plan for how we’ll get to where we want to be—our Policy Improvement Plan. It introduces our new Policy Tests, outlines how we’ll improve learning and development, openness and connectedness, and how we’ll reward excellence in policy making.
The Plan addresses DH staff as its audience, but—in the true spirit of openness—we want to hear from outside voices, too (you’ll see it’s still not in its final form)! What do you think?