Policy Advice Quality Characteristics

Purpose: the aim of the papers will be clearly stated and will answer the question set.

Logic: the assumptions behind the advice will be explicit and the argument will be logical and supported by facts.

Accuracy: the facts in the papers will be accurate and all material facts included.

Options: an adequate range of options will be presented and each assessed for benefits, costs and consequences to the government and community.

Consultation: there will be consultation with principal parties and this will be stated along with any objections to the proposal.

Practicality: problems of implementation, technical feasibility, timing and consistency with other policies will be identified.

Presentation: the format will meet requirements specified by the Cabinet Office and the Minister; material will be concise and effectively summarised; correct grammar and spelling will be used; and readability will be ensured through the use of short sentences in plain English.


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