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What is a social policy analyst and what do they do?

What is a social policy analyst and what do they do?

Read our guide to the role of Social Policy Analyst, including the main responsibilities and the industries analysts work in.

With complex and pressing challenges and issues facing our world globally today, there is a growing need for social policy analysts who can use their insights and expertise to effectively shape social policies and have a positive impact on the quality of life of populations around the world. 

Inequality, climate change, economic crises and ageing populations are just some of the social challenges facing our world today, and social policy analysts can help to influence much-needed change in these areas to safeguard the welfare of current and future generations. 

What is a social policy analyst? 

A social policy analyst (also commonly referred to as a policy analyst) is typically employed by a government department or large organisation to help with planning and developing social policies. 

They review and evaluate current policies to assess their efficacy, and gather and analyse data to help them with creating and modifying policies where required to meet specific goals and objectives. 

Social policy analysts work closely with stakeholders to determine the objectives and goals of policies, and develop policies accordingly. 

What are some of the main responsibilities of social policy analysts? 

The main responsibilities of social policy analysts include: 

  • Researching social, political and economic trends

  • Reviewing and analysing current policies to identify any anomalies or redundancies

  • Collaborating with stakeholders to establish goals and developing policies that effectively meet these goals

  • Providing advice to stakeholders on policy options

  • Preparing reports, surveys and other data for evaluating the effectiveness of policies

  • Advising politicians and/or senior executives on lobbying activities 

What industries do social policy analysts work in? 

Social policy analysts can work in both the public and private sectors. Some of the industries and areas they can work in include: 

  • Federal, state and local governments 

  • Political parties 

  • Higher education institutions/universities

  • Healthcare providers

  • Criminal justice system

  • Civil service

  • Community organisations

  • Non-government organisations

  • Not-for-profit organisations

  • Private sector consultancies 

How can an MA Social Policy help you get into the field? 

An MA in Social Policy will give you an advanced understanding and insight into the demographic, cultural, economic, political and technological changes that shape social policy globally. 

Equipped with this knowledge, you’ll be able to effectively harness the skills you need to conduct social research informed by factors such as ethics, politics and methodology, and create policies that drive society forward and promote welfare, wellbeing and equality. 

In addition, you’ll develop a range of highly-transferrable skills sought-after by employers worldwide, such as advanced problem-solving, decision-making, critical and analytical thinking, creative and research skills.  

An MA in Social Policy will empower you to proactively make a difference and implement positive change for the benefit of current and future generations. 

Discover how UCLan's online MA Social Policy can empower you with the knowledge and skills you need to address global issues facing society and implement policies that make a positive difference to society and the world around us:  

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