Policy essentials series

Crawford School of Public Policy | Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis

Event details

Executive Education

Date & time

Monday 19 October 2020 to Friday 30 October 2020


#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Trish Mercer


Isobella Fry
02 6125 5707

While the world of policy is often chaotic and unpredictable, academic concepts and frameworks can help policy makers to understand how policy issues are identified and analysed and the major policy instruments available to government in reaching and communicating its decisions. This Series will explain how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. The Series will demonstrate how keeping a strong focus on implementation improves policy making, particularly in advising on the choice of instruments for implementing a policy. It will also help participants to identify and deal with the challenges in developing evidence-informed policy and programs. The 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 to guide program implementation.

Cost: Before 6 October 2020: $2,195 for enrolment in the Series (saving of $195 off the price of purchasing each day separately).

After 7 October 2020: $2,495 for enrolment in the Series (saving of $195 off the price of purchasing each day separately).


$1,195 per day: What you need to know to design and implement good policy and Using evidence and data for good policy design and implementation

Group discounts available.

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Course overview Objectives:

To introduce you to the theory and practice of policy making and help you become a confident adviser on policy and its effective implementation. To help you use evidence and data to become a confident participant in the policy design and implementation processes.

Topics to be covered:

understanding governments and ministers in the Australian context policy making at the national level including the Budget cycle employing policy frameworks key stages in the policy and program cycle designing good policy and choosing the right policy instruments for effective implementation, including consideration of risk challenges in using evidence for Australian policymakers; critiquing data and evidence; participating in a hypothetical interdepartmental committee exercise involving different departmental perspectives on available evidence; the principles and practice involved in communicating and employing data and evidence effectively for policy and program design and implementation.

Course structure:

The structure of the day is based around presentations followed by practical exercises to embed learnings; longer exercises are done in the afternoon sessions. The workshop is based on a high level of interaction with participants and the use of exercises involving different groups of participants to increase participation and small group interactions.

Academic research and other expertise is employed to offer insights and a range of social policy case studies are drawn on as practical illustrations. Participants actively work through examples so that they can draw out the lessons themselves. Participants are also provided with useful resources for further study including key academic works, grey literature and on-line sites.


Increased understanding of how good policy is made Increased policy design capability Expanded capability to use and critique evidence for policy design and implementation.

Who should attend the Series?

This course is designed for public servants in the APS4-EL1 range who have limited policy experience or who are aspiring to work in policy. It is suitable for graduates who have recently joined the public service. It is also good for people who want a more strategic approach to implementation and to link policy and implementation more closely.

While the course is at the introductory level, it is also suitable for participants in higher APS classifications who are looking for a ‘refresh’ or have principally worked in implementing programs.

Participants from the ‘third sector’, such as non government and private sector organisations, who are looking to expand their understanding of government and policy processes also regularly attend and have found this course very useful.

No prior experience required. It is preferable that participants have some background and/or experience in government.

Online training: How it works

This is a real-time, date-specific course, in which you will join live classes, engage and connect with experts, other course participants and the Executive Education team. Here’s how it works:

  • Pre-course live session. This is an opportunity for you to grab a cuppa and join our meet and greet before the course commences.
  • Practice + Study. Set aside up to 2 hours per day – this time commitment will vary depending on how deeply you choose to engage with the material. It is up to you.
  • Course pack. Each participant will receive a carefully curated workbook, which includes everything you need to guide you through the course.
  • Live sessions with presenter. This is a specified date and time for you to come together with the presenter and other participants to consolidate your learning.
  • Post-course. On completion of the course, you will receive your post-course resources for your reference and further learning.

Why choose online training?

  • No time off work – study and practice when you can.
  • Busy schedule? No problem, you can go at your own pace, join just the live classes, and do the course work whenever suits you best. We know that work and family obligations can be overwhelming. Mix and match the schedule to fit your life.
  • No travel. This is a course right at your fingertips. With no travel expenses, this is a very affordable option for high-level training with world-leading experts.
  • Live interaction with world-leading experts. You’ll have direct access to all the best resources and trainers.
  • Working remotely? With the online and distance format, we welcome participants from around the world to join us.


What if I can’t make a live session? No problem, we understand you are busy. Live sessions are recorded and transcribed for you to catch up in your own time.

What if I’m in a different time zone? All advertised course times are scheduled in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) otherwise known as GMT+11. Convert for your time zone here.

What if I am not tech savvy? As long as you have access to a phone or computer, you’ll have no problems. This is a low-tech course designed for everyone. If needed our team is here to help – contact us at

What if I have questions? We would love to hear from you. Contact our team at

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