Policy Progress is a policy-oriented progressive ‘think-site’.
‘Think-site’ is a made-up word that is intended to indicate that Policy Progress lies somewhere between being a policy think-tank and a blog.
It differs from a traditional, fully-resourced think-tank in terms of scale – it initially has only one ongoing staff member – and in having a predominantly online presence – it has no offices, and its reports are made available online rather than printed.
Policy Progress aims to publish at least 3-4 of these reports a year, dealing with particular policy areas in a detailed way. The intended topics for these reports are set out in a work programme.
This longer-term work is be accompanied by a regularly updated blog, but, rather than focussing on issues currently in the news, many of its posts foreshadow or test ideas and analysis for its reports. They are part of the analytical process for Policy Progress’s work programme, as well as being a way to achieve greater awareness about its work.
The Director of Policy Progress during 2010 was David Choat. David has fifteen years’ experience in the public policy environment, primarily as a parliamentary staffer and as an independent consultant. He worked for the Clark-led Labour Party, both in opposition (1994-96) and in government as a ministerial advisor to Cabinet minister Steve Maharey (2000-05) and in the Prime Minister’s Office (2008). David was also research officer for what is now the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) from 1997 to 1999.
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