Chartered surveyors have their chartership, lawyers and engineers have their skills widely recognised. What if there was equivalent professional recognition for policy officials? It’s an interesting question – read on to find out the results of a ‘Lab Light’ workshop and how you can contribute to the conversation.
Heads of Policy Profession have asked Policy Lab and the Policy Profession Support Unit to bring the policy community together to investigate what professional accreditation might involve. The project team want to get the policy community involved to understand how different policy officials learn, at different stages of their career, and if there are any points along the way at which assessment would be helpful.
On the 2nd December 2014 Policy Lab held a two hour ‘Lab Light’ workshop for 17 people across government, across grades and across professions, alongside the Policy Profession Support Unit. Policy Lab’s Dr Lucy Kimbell, Cat Drew and Lisa Graham encouraged the group to start thinking about their hopes and fears when they think about what professional assessment might involve.
Lucy then introduced the Drayfus (2004) model of skill development, where learners progress from novice to advanced beginner, through being competent, to being proficient and eventually expert. The group created four personas of typical policy profession learners. Alex 1, Alex 2, Dwayne and Bob were created, and the groups each considered their backgrounds, qualifications, existing skills and learning goals. A ‘learning journey’ was plotted for each persona, thinking about how they learn and the challenges they might face. The groups also considered where assessment might be placed in the learning journey and the forms it should take.
Are the ‘moments of truth’ and ‘hot spots’ on the characters’ learning journeys ones you recognise? Do the hopes and fears identified by the group match yours? If you are interested, please do share the link with your colleagues and join in the conversation in comments below, on Yammer, by email, or on Twitter.
Where next for this project? Well, the results are being presented to the Heads of Policy Profession as we write! They will decide the immediate next steps for taking these ideas and developing them into a prototype the project team can test, improve and deliver.