Key components of good policy
Good policy has a clearly outlined purpose with explicit actions for achieving that intended goal.
The structure should be logical, contain meaningful and relevant information for context and implementation, as well as who is responsible for carrying out each policy action. Additional information, such as motivating factors and specific definitions can be valuable, especially for more complex implementation requirements.
Like all well designed activities, good policy requires consideration of the wider context it is operating within. Robust policies have been strengthened through deliberate consideration of its environment (political and physical), implementation requirements, and success criteria.
- Setting and prioritising objectives: alignment, coherence, context, ownership
- Coordinating policy and implementation: implementation, actors, governance, inclusion
- Monitoring, analysis and reporting: indicators, data, reporting
These key dimensions are informed by the Commonwealth Strengthening Sport Related Policy Coherence Toolkit, which will be referenced throughout this section with checklists made available for cross-checking against existing and future policies. It’s a short report (pages 9-15 outline the context, followed by checklists) so well worth a read.