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Public Policy Consulting Services

How ACIL Allen can help you develop public policy

Governments make policy decisions every day. These include whether to invest in infrastructure or services and which projects to prioritise, whether to intervene in markets and, if so, how, and whether to permit activities on environmental or social grounds.

Public Policy Development

Public policy development is an intricate process usually requiring complex efficiency and equity trade-offs to find solutions that are both pragmatic and workable. 

Public Policy Review

Public policy review requires the examination and understanding of the many inherent tensions between managing and harnessing limited resources, meeting pressing needs and solving longstanding problems.


Public policy decisions affect people, whether they are consumers, community members or businesses. Some of the effects are positive (benefits) and others are negative (costs). Some effects flow directly to some stakeholders, while others are external. Increasingly the development of policy includes intergenerational considerations.

Public policy decisions affect people, whether they are consumers, community members or businesses. Some of the effects are positive (benefits) and others are negative (costs). Some effects flow directly to some stakeholders, while others are external. Increasingly the development of policy includes intergenerational considerations.

Public Policy Analysis

Public policy analysis and development also requires an appreciation of broader social and economic concerns including:

    the current state of the economy and the environment

    demographic and social trends

    the competitive structure of the economy and its constituent industries

    technological change and information management.

We use a range of techniques to understand stakeholder perspectives, including market knowledge, surveys, targeted interviews, and analysis informed by sound economics and data. Our public policy analysis may also involve research to understand different jurisdictions nationally or internationally, academic studies or work by multilateral bodies such as the OECD.

We know that development and implementing good public policy requires careful consideration of all of these effects and providing robust evidence wherever possible.

We propose public policy interventions based on a clearly articulated objective.We provide all available alternatives for achieving that objective and all of the relevant circumstances should be considered. This ensures a clear understanding of the option that provides the best balance between the desired outcome,and the total cost.

Once a public policy has been implemented, they should later be evaluated to assess whether their objectives have been met, in which case they may be discontinued or adjusted. We can support you with this process.

How ACIL Allen can help you develop public policy

We can advise on developing and analysing sound principles and evidence-based public policy across a range of sectors. 

We apply a range of analytical approaches, including data analysis and modelling, program evaluation, logic modelling, stakeholder consultation and surveys.

Grounded in theoretical principles of economics and sound public policy, we can provide the following public policy services:

  • develop public policy frameworks
  • design public policies so as to achieve intended outcomes and avoid unintended outcomes
  • assess the trade-offs between different ways of achieving public policy goals
  • understand complex public policy and program environments, including multiple layers of government or agencies
  • develop incentive-based public policy instruments
  • analyse the economic, financial, revenue and distributional effects of proposed public policies
  • conduct cost-benefit analysis of proposed policies and prepare regulatory impact statements, regulatory impact assessments and legislative impact assessments
  • engage with stakeholders on existing or proposed public policies
  • prepare submissions to government reviews and inquiries
  • evaluate existing public policies.