Digital Policy Model Canvas

A tool to guide policy makers to derive specific policies and regulatory mechanisms in an agile and iterative manner – integrating both design thinking and evidence - based policy making. This notion of a canvas is borrowed from the business world. The canvas approach helps translate broad insights and understandings to the needs of a particular country. It also helps define the key issues at stake as well as metrics to evaluate success and suggest avenues for possible iteration and improvement. Overall, such an approach provides an element of rigor in methodology that can help guide policymakers through the often confusing and contradictory universe of digital policymaking. It offers structure with flexibility, and a broad approach informed by global lessons with the ability to focus on a specific region

Type of content: Assets
Type of asset:
Big data potential
Phase in the policy cycle:
Policy Design and Analysis
Open license availability
Ease of use
Tags: Information management Digital technology
SWOT Analysis for
Digital Policy Model Canvas
Helpful Harmful
Strengths• Political Willingness
• Institutional Capacity
• Existing Policies
• Help leaders in designing digital policies that maximise the forthcoming opportunities and effectively meet the challenges.
• Includes a number of specific recommendations, aimed at different challenges and adaptable to different circumstances and geographies.
Weaknesses• Low ease of use
• Transparency Accountability
• Monitoring and Evaluation
• Poor Planning Poor Governance and administration
• Lack of Political Commitment
• Insufficient Infrastructure
• Lack of data
• Lack of implementation of existing policies
Opportunities• Need for a lean approach to policymaking that incorporates agility and iteration
• Multiplicity of settings, contexts and circumstances in which policymaking takes place, and particularly the regional, national and transnational nature of contemporary policymaking.
• Adapting to digital change and innovation that continue to throw up both unprecedented challenges and new opportunities for policymakers
Threats• Fast-moving and multi-stranded nature of the challenges
• Adapting to digital change and innovation that continue to throw up both unprecedented challenges and new opportunities for policymakers


Extremely interesting and helpful finding! It allows not only for the use of such a tool, but also for the familiarization of non-experts with the concept of policy modelling!

The tool is indeed very useful since it offers a structured framework on how to cope with a specific issue or opportunity. Thus, the tools – as you already mentioned – promotes the concept of policy modelling.

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