Policy essentials 1: understanding the process

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course
Introductory

Summary

This course will explain how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the centrality of the Budget cycle and the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. The world of policy is often chaotic and unpredictable, and academic concepts and frameworks can help to understand how policy issues are identified and analysed and the major policy instruments available to government in reaching and communicating its decisions. Policy essentials 1 and 2 have been designed as companion learning courses. Whilst attendance at both is not compulsory, it is recommended as participants will receive a comprehensive knowledge of the policy process, the policy cycle, how to identify and analyse policy issues as well as how policy decisions are reached and communicated. Practical exercises will be employed to deepen the learnings from the course.

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 17 October 2017
Venue: 
#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: 

$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

Course overview

Objectives: • To introduce you to the theory and practice of policy making • To help you become a confident participant in policy processes

Course outline: This Workshop will explain how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the centrality of the Budget cycle and the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. The world of policy is often chaotic and unpredictable, and academic concepts and frameworks can help to understand how policy issues are identified and analysed and the major policy instruments available to government in reaching and communicating its decisions.

Too often a policy problem will recur because of failures or limitations in the policy design process and participants will explore the challenges in policy design, including the lack of attention to implementation. Practical case studies in health and other social policy areas will be employed and the experience of participants will be drawn on in order to illustrate effective and innovative policy-making.

The Workshop will be conducted by two highly experienced former practitioners drawing on their previous experience and their ongoing research into public policy issues.

Course convenor

Dr Wendy Jarvie

Dr Wendy Jarvie has enjoyed a diverse career, alternating as a government policy practitioner and a researcher. She spent 22 years working in the Australian Public Service, including seven years (2001-2008) as a Deputy Secretary in the Departments of Education, Science and Training and Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. She also managed evaluations and strategy development at the World Bank in Washington between 1998 and 2001.

Wendy has been providing Executive Education classes at ANU since 2012. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW School of Business in Canberra, where she is undertaking research in governments and early childhood development policies, and the role of evidence, innovation and learning in public policy. She also works for the World Bank in early childhood education in the Pacific. Wendy is a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Audit and Risk Committee (since 2016) and its Independent Evaluation Committee for Australian Aid (since 2012). She is also a member of the NSW government’s Advisory Group for Aboriginal Affairs Research (since 2015). Wendy has three degrees from the University of Newcastle (BA (hons) in History, Diploma of Computer Science, and Masters of Engineering Science), as well as a PhD in Geography from Flinders University.

Dr Trish Mercer

Trish Mercer is an experienced public policy professional who worked for over 20 years as a senior executive in Commonwealth central agency and line departments. This included senior policy roles in education and employment and in leading research, analysis and evaluation areas, as well as in the delivery of human services. Currently Trish is an ANZSOG Visiting Fellow at ANU, where her research projects include public policy initiatives in the education and employment areas and she engages in public policy teaching through the Crawford School Executive Education program.

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