A senior policy analyst works to ensure that government and corporate policies achieve desired effects and meet minimum levels of efficiency. The analyst is a specialized project manager, and they generally assess the efficacy of programs and policies (often those run by the government). After identifying a program or policy to examine, the senior policy analyst develops a project plan, defining what data must be gathered and what metrics must be examined. After developing a project plan, the senior policy analyst delegates tasks to team members, which may include gathering a specific data set or monitoring the performance of a specific system.
After data is gathered, the senior policy analyst oversees the statistical analysis of the data to determine what trends exist and to test hypotheses. Then, the senior policy analyst prepares a report detailing the efficacy of the program, weaknesses, strengths, and recommendations for improvement. At this point, the senior policy analyst submits the report, often making presentations to stakeholders such as corporate executives and governmental department heads. If the stakeholders approve of the recommendations made in the report, the senior policy analyst oversees the implementation of the recommendations.
Most senior policy analysts hold at least a bachelor's degree in a field related to their area of study and have previous experience with policy analysis. Senior policy analysts also must be strong communicators who excel at written and oral presentation of their findings.
Senior Policy Analyst Tasks
Assess the impact of proposed legislation and prepare fiscal estimates.
Present analyses and recommendations to committees.
Analyze budgets and performance trend data.
Assist in drafting bills and in the decision-making process.