This course will explore how to critique evidence when you are not an expert and have little time. There will be a particular emphasis on how to communicate evidence for greatest policy impact and participants will be given an opportunity to rework the presentation of data or evidence from their own policy area. Participants will then be involved in an extended exercise that will help them gain practical insights into the challenges of making evidence-informed policy. 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.
$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.
Objective: To help you use evidence and data to become a confident participant in the policy process
This Workshop is designed to help participants identify and deal with the challenges in developing sound policy and programs.
Course outline: Evidence-based policy and implementation is the ‘holy grail’ for Australian public servants. But they face many challenges including ideology, the dominance of the short term and economic perspectives, and the need for policy and programs to deal with immediate problems and crises. Participants will work through the various challenges to EBP drawing on their own experiences, case studies and insights from the academic and grey literature.
The Workshop will explore how to critique evidence when you are not an expert and have little time. There will be a particular emphasis on how to communicate evidence for greatest policy impact and participants will be given an opportunity to rework the presentation of data or evidence from their own policy area. They will also be involved in a longer exercise to gain practical insights into the challenges of making evidence-informed policy.
The Workshop will be conducted by two highly experienced former practitioners drawing on their previous experience and their ongoing research into public policy issues.
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.
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.