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Cross-Functional Policy Mobility Program

Self-Assessment Questionnaire


Thank you for your interest in the Policy Community’s Cross-Functional Policy Mobility Program (XFN)! While this program has been designed to be open to all indeterminate public servants, it is not suitable for everyone.

Program participants will have opportunities to learn several new policy functions, to further develop their competencies and to strengthen their developmental mindset. This Program aims to make participants more well-rounded (experience working in various policy functions will improve their understanding of how different aspects of the policy cycle fit together) and enable them to make better, more relevant policy while contributing to a stronger culture of collaboration across the Public Service.

Before you take the time to develop and submit an application for the Program, we invite you to use this quick self-assessment tool to help determine if this is the right program for you at this time.  Don’t sweat: this is not part of the application and completing this self-assessment is not something you’re doing for us, but for yourself.  There are no wrong answers. This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete and we invite you to print and keep a copy of your self-assessment for use in discussion with the Talent Manager, should you be accepted into the Program.


The prototype phase of the Program does not have a promotion mechanism at this time.

The prototype phase of the Program is open to indeterminate federal public servants in the NCR only to allow testing of key assumptions. The insights from the prototype phase of the Program will inform future cohorts of the program, including participation by employees in the regions.


Where to begin

We believe that you should apply for this Program if:

  • you have a basic knowledge of policy functions (functional areas) and in-depth experience in at least one function;

  • you have developed a minimum competency profile – practicing level (medium) in Adaptable, Collaboration and Analytical; mastery level (high) in at least one other competency; and, awareness level (basic) in the remaining competencies;

  • you have a developmental mindset (a willingness to remain open, curious and persistent in a variety of learning experiences);

  • you have the time to and have an idea of what you want to learn; and,

  • you are eager to be part of the prototype phase of the Program and understand and accept that during your time in the Program it will evolve.


Before you complete the self-assessment, consider the following thinking traps: over-estimating and under-estimating your fit. To avoid over-estimating, think about what your limits are and what you still have to learn. Be honest with yourself: accept that you don’t know everything.  If you’re not ready yet, be OK with that. To avoid under-estimating, think about your strengths and what makes you ready to learn more.  Be honest with yourself: accept being good enough instead of waiting for perfection.





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