Strategic policy capability development

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course


Policy making in a contemporary public service requires policy makers to be well informed, responsive, collaborative, innovative and cohesive in their approach to policy development – in other words, to take a ‘strategic thinking’ approach to policy development.

This course will explore in detail five capabilities identified as essential for strategic policy design, development and implementation, and challenges faced by policy makers in delivering effective strategic policy. Participants will engage in a practical and interactive learning environment to facilitate their understanding of the relevance of each capability in policy making, and to enhance their policy design and implementation skills.

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 4 July 2018
#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

Course overview

Designing and implementing strategic policy is challenging. Government approaches often change direction, policy development is highly contestable, policy problems are complex and multi-faceted, policy approaches and outcomes require linkages across numerous portfolios or layers of governance, and there is a growing emphasis on involving stakeholders and citizens in policy design.

To be effective in strategic policy design and implementation, policy makers need to:

  1. Understand the big picture – to design best practice policy in a whole-of-system context
  2. Be agile and innovative – to be responsive, proactive and open to new ideas
  3. Work collaboratively – to foster an open, integrated approach to policy development
  4. Use evidence effectively – to build the foundations for policy design
  5. Focus on outcomes – to design person-centred, efficient and effective policy

Based on material originally developed for the Department of Health, this course will work through each of these five capabilities in detail. Considering why they are essential for good strategic policy design and implementation, exploring some of the challenges policy practitioners face when developing strategic policy, and workshopping ways to address some of these challenges.

Course convenor

Ms Erin Bowen

Erin Bowen is a highly experienced policy specialist in health and public administration generally, with almost twenty years working at executive levels across both Commonwealth and state governments, providing leadership on whole of system strategic policy and integration, policy and program formulation and policy and people capability development.

Erin has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and consultation, developing relationships with professional and community organisations to achieve outcomes. She has been integral in delivering a number of projects for government, including significant Commonwealth/state joint projects, major health reform initiatives, operational and health system analysis and evaluation and service re-design.

Her career experience and expertise includes a range of corporate and organisational leadership and management roles, including at a Commonwealth level in Canberra and at a state level in Tasmania. Erin has led the State Office for Health in the Northern Territory and has worked in a Federal Minister’s Office.

Erin has an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and ANU, and a Bachelor of Applied Science with studies in communications and media. Erin is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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