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INTRODUCTION

• Educating Policy Managers and Policy Analysts

• Two practitioner types • Policy informatics-savvy public manager

• Policy information analyst

• Needs addressed by two graduate programs • Master of Public Administration (MPA)

• Master of Public Policy (MPP)

• Chapter focus • Role of policy informatics in preparing practitioners

PRACTITIONER ORIENTATIONS TO POLICY INFORMATICS

• Two “ideal” types • Policy informatics-savvy public managers

• Policy informatics analyst

• Manager • Play important roles in implementation

• Instrumental in using policy informatics projects

• Analyst • Execute policy informatics initiatives

• Other common role names • Analyst

• Researcher

• Modeler

• Programmer

POLICY INFORMATICS-SAVVY MANAGER

• May not need to • Build models

• Analyze big data

• Must be able to • Lead personnel who build models and manage big data

• Necessary competencies • Systems thinker

• Process orientations to public policy

• Research methodologies

• Performance/Financial management

• Collaborative/communicative

• Social media, IT, and e-Governance awareness

POLICY INFORMATICS ANALYST

• Start with basic competencies of managers

• Additional necessary competencies

• Advanced research methods of IT applications

• Data visualization and design

• Programming skills

• Modeling skills

• Perhaps one of the most important

SUMMARY

• Two types of practitioners • Managers

• Analysts

• Managers • Leadership

• Interacting with actors

• Analysts • Technical skills

• Responsible for executing requirements

• University of Vermont • Distinct programs to address each role