Public policy analysts are responsible for analyzing and proposing public policy changes to save resources for the benefit of the population, as well as researching public policies and their implementation in locations with similar cultural, political, and economic conditions. Strong communication skills are important in this position to explain policies and invite citizens and political members to debates, and they also help collect data from law enforcement and receive feedback from the public and other sources for analysis.
Public policy analysts use a personal computer to write reports and maintain spreadsheets with statistics, and they usually work in an office setting during regular business hours and with other analysts to share important project information and achieve goals in a timely manner. However, they should also have multitasking skills to work at their own pace with minimal supervision, and they typically work closely with public policy associates to develop new and innovative strategies. They are also responsible for writing strong proposals, creating efficient budgets, and making presentations before approval, as well as helping policymakers with case studies, surveys, and other data to improve decision-making with evidence and recent facts. They must always focus on the key problems that concern the general public and strive to identify their solutions.
A bachelor's degree in public policy or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior experience in an analyst position is highly beneficial. Leadership certifications are also helpful.
Public Policy Analyst Tasks
Analyze, coordinate, and document current public policy and make recommendations for policy agenda.
Prepare presentations, documents, and reports for a variety of audiences on current and proposed policies.
Identify and engage key individuals and organizations for relationship development and outreach.