Policy Analysis in Practice
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In this chapter we discuss the kinds of jobs that policy analysts typically assume and the ethical challenges with carrying out both morally and technically robust policy analyses. The skills that policy analysts develop can be applied in a range of settings and sectors. We provide examples of jobs where policy analysis training is particularly useful. Communication skills are an integral part of being an effective policy analyst. Analysts need to be equipped to present their work in written, oral, and visual forms and to a wide range of audiences. We offer suggestions on how to refine oral, written, and visual presentation skills. We also discuss how policy analysts are beholden to the public and therefore almost always confront ethical concerns. Policy analysts have not, however, unified around a single code of ethics. In order to maintain moral integrity in policy analysis, we recommend that analysts be both self-reflective about their own biases and proactive in reaching out to and involving as many stakeholders as possible.