Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - As the Public Sector Reform process
continues, a three day workshop for administrators within the Public Service,
began on Monday, December 15, 2003. According to Mark Louis, Director of Public
Sector Reform and lead facilitator of the workshop, the focus of the workshop is
on Policy Research, Design and Analysis.
Louis supported the need for administrators within the Public Service to
understand the implications of interpreting and applying policy. He stressed
that as administrators this is absolutely important and in recognising this, the
workshop will seek to shed light on existing grey areas.
“This workshop is meant to address three fundamental problems. One of them is
the weakness of Policy Analysis, Research and Design which we are seeing in the
Government Service. It is also meant to strengthen the capacity to engage in a
much more rigorous policy analysis and to develop a much more rigorous policy
framework and generally to improve the entire public policy environment of the
Government Service,” Louis said.
Louis noted that one of the issues raised by administrators attending the
workshop had to do with policy conflict. They discussed the consistency of
policy, policy interpretation and the fact that in some cases policy can be
relevant for a particular time but needs periodic revision to ensure that it is
meeting its objective.
The participants comprised heads of departments, deputy permanent secretaries
and persons involved in policy research. Mark Louis remarked that on conclusion
of the workshop, senior public officers should be much more aware of the policy
environment that they work in and better equipped to carry their