QA4ODFL1 (PAC) Understanding policy

In the context of quality assurance, in the QA4ODFL course, use this discussion forum to write what you understand by policy.
Read what your peers have posted in the forum and compare with your own definition of the term.

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Policies are often created when confronting a problem. These include how the problem can be solved or the steps to undertake to overcome a situation.

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A policy is a set of guidelines being agreed by stakeholders or a group of people for a particular organization to ensure smooth management. Everyone within the organization has to comply with such guidelines.

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A policy is a set of actions to address a particular issue. It is in a form of a written document that provide directions, instructions and guidelines for stakeholders to address a problem.

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Policy is simply a written document that can assist in decision making. It is an agreed statement(s) to address one issue faced from time to time.

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Policy are sets of procedures that is used to guide any community, workplace and others

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Policy refers to a set of guidelines, principles, or rules established by an organization, government, or individual to guide decision-making and action. Policies can cover a wide range of areas, such as public safety, healthcare, education, economics, and the environment.

Policies are needed to provide a framework for decision-making, ensure consistency in actions, and establish standards of behavior. They can help organizations and governments achieve their objectives by outlining a clear direction and plan of action. Policies can also ensure that resources are used effectively and efficiently, and that decisions are made fairly and transparently.

In addition, policies can promote accountability by defining roles and responsibilities, and by setting standards for performance and behavior. They can also help manage risk by identifying potential issues and providing guidance on how to mitigate them.

Overall, policies are essential for organizations and governments to operate effectively and achieve their goals. They provide a foundation for decision-making, promote consistency and accountability, and ensure that resources are used efficiently and effectively.

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A policy is a law, regulation or administrative actions. It is also a system of guidelines to guide decisions of an organisation. Policies are generally adopted by a governance body within an organisation.

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My point of view is that policy acts as a guideline and provides a sense of direction for those in power or in control. It has a sense of authority and if not explained and understood by people then the purpose of setting policies becomes meaningless or meaningful to some.

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I like the definitions of policy that have been given by many of you - policy as guidelines, policy as a set of defined actions to be taken to address a problem, policy as a written document that assists in decision making, and policy as an instrument by which power is exercised.
What comes out distinctly from all these definitions is that policy is meant to address a problem or problems and that policy can both be text (documents) and practice. Ideally, textual policy is supposed to be given practical effect through actions/practice.

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Policy is a plan of action that stakeholder/contractor has to be followed and to comply with given information by document/designs for instance.

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Policy refers to set of laws,rules,regulation that was set in place like schools,shop,hospital, workplace where it is there to guide people also for people to follow it as without policy being put into place i personally believe that people /school children will be scattered all over the places and they will just doing things on their own motives without considering about others

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Policy is the strategic decision on how to do something or to do nothing.

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Policy can be seen as a set of rules and regulations designed by a professional body purposely to achieve targeted goals, under the care of stake holders.
It can be a government policy or a private organization. Depending on the sector, it can be on education, health or otherwise.

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Policies explains the plans, set rules, guidelines that is adopted and followed by a group, organisation or government

is it necessary to be a written document?

Policies are like a map or plan provided by the management team in advance for different issues that may be raised in the future.

Policy is a set of instructions or rules to guide in reaching a target or outcome

Policies are laws and regulations decided and agreed by government, organizations and also at the level of school administration to address an issue.

QA4DFL1(PAC)- Policy in simple terms can be described as a statement setting out generalized standard procedures for everyone to adhere or to guide an institutions operating mechanism. Thank You