Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Ten Commandments of Public Policy

. . . according to "GOD" (as he was known when Cabinet Secretary), or more formally Sir Gus O'Donnell. The commandments are discussed in a brief, but informative essay found here. The Ten Commandments are:

"1) Though shalt be clear about the outcomes that you want to achieve
2) Thou shalt evaluate policy as objectively as possible
3) Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour’s policies
4) Thou shall not assume the government has to solve every problem
5) Thou shalt not rush to legislate
6) Honour the evidence and use it to make decisions
7) Thou shalt be clear who is accountable for what and line up the powers and the accountabilities
8) Thou shalt not kill the messenger
9) Thou shalt not forget that it is a privilege to serve
10) Thou shalt keep a sense of proportion"

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