Everything is run by policies which can be taken to be a form of roadmap towards greatness. However, policies are not set in concrete and must be open to change as and when situational factors justify a cause for revision. Having a PhD in Public Policy equips professionals in this discipline with the knowledge and ability to derive effective channels of delivery in carrying out policies for public interest. There are various areas of public policy to delve into. Some are quite localized within one’s region, focusing on health services, criminal justice and other specialties. Other public policies may cross borders as they address issues of greater magnitude such as the environment, international economics and finance, technology as well as security.
Since a policy is pretty much like a rule, a student pursuing a PhD in Public Policy is taught on basic elements of a policy. The inception of a policy is normally derived from historical, situational or forecasting elements. No one throws a policy in place just for the sake of it. It must show due cause and reason for existence, as well as where it intends to head in the future. As such, a source and target are essential towards the making of a good policy. With that in hand, a student is then impressed upon the implementation of said policy. Factors which may throw a wrench in the works need to be identified and addressed. They may either be eliminated or effects subdued by taking a different course of action. Hence, a Plan B and perhaps a few more plans need to be also be thought out.
To verify a policy has achieved its desired goal, methods of measurement must be present to confirm this. Absence of this step is a surety to failure or abuse of said policy as there is no check and balance. However, this method of measurement must also be viable in the sense that it produces factual truth based on current settings and not a mere adjustment of a bell curve. Hence it is the duty of professional policy experts to ensure policies for public interest are carried out in accordance to public interest and not just for the interest of a few.