Comparison of Competency Standards

… a resource in the Competencies database

CompetencyComparisonsComparing the MPP/MPA core competencies with standards from NASPAA, CAPPA, and UNDESA/IASIA

Four standards designed for MPP and/or MPA programs are listed in the Competencies database. They are:  NASPAA Competencies; CAPPA Universal Standards – Student Competencies; UNDESA/IASIA Standards; and MPP/MPA Core Competencies.

They are presented together in the table below, aligned to the extent possible against the NASPAA competencies. It can be seen that the CAPPA standards align closely with the NASPAA competencies, and the UNSESA/IASIA curriculum components a little less so. The Atlas core competencies are not perfectly aligned with those of NASPAA or CAPPA because they are intentionally designed to align more closely with Subjects. It can also be seen that the Atlas competencies are “NASPAA plus” (or “CAPPA plus”) in being more specific and demanding in respect of the economics and statistics elements of analytical competencies.

Universal Required Competencies
Universal Standards – Student Competencies
Curriculum Components
MPP/MPA Core Competencies
1. To lead and manage in public governance 2. The ability to lead and manage within public organizations 3. Leadership in the public sector

1. The management of public service organizations

6. Managing financial, human and information resources in public and nonprofit institutions
2. To participate and contribute to the policy process 3. Knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques required to engage stakeholders in policy and governance processes 2. Improvement of public sector processes 4. Applying policy and management analysis concepts to public management problems
3. To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions 1. The ability to analyze and think critically about public sector problems 4. The application of quantitative and qualitative techniques of analysis 3. Understanding the socioeconomic, political and global contexts of public management

1. Applying economics and statistics concepts to public management problems

2. Applying analytic methods and evaluation concepts to public management problems

4. To articulate and apply a public service perspective 4. An appreciation of the purpose of public service and associated standards of ethical behaviour 5. Understanding public policy and the organizational environment 5. Understanding democratic institutions and processes, and acting ethically
5. To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry 5. A capacity to communicate and interact both professionally and productively with a diverse and changing citizenry 6. Public sector ethos

7. Public sector skills

8. Public sector nature

7. Leading and communicating in public management

Sources are cited in the Atlas links noted above.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last 4 July 2019.

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