Organisations that take the time to invest in policy development will invariably benefit over the long term, both at a strategic level and at a practical, day-to-day level. Policies are created for a definite purpose. They demonstrate a link to the overarching mission of the organisation and its wording and style will usually reflect its culture and values. It is a good idea to review policies regularly to ensure they remain current and relevant, and to ensure that staff are familiar with them and use them to guide their work practically.
In the resources section of this toolkit, you will find some policy templates that you can download for use. These will be added to over time. The links below also include some good resources to help you develop policies most relevant to your work.
Useful Links and Resources
- Some basic do’s and don’ts when writing policy
- One example of a tikanga Māori framework for policy development
- A typical development process broken down into steps
- A comprehensive checklist for the types of policies common among community groups
- A best practice policy template library – a useful starting point for new organisations.