I am quite a fan of the work of the Productivity Commission in Australia and the public speeches by the Chairman of the Commission is always worth a look. This is a nice speech on the priorities for human capital policy planning in Oz - link here
Also look for the roundtable proceedings from a recent Commission event on evidence for policy - link here - which is a really interesting set of papers.
The Commission is an interesting beast - looks a little like NESC here but perhaps with more teeth??