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Policy Essentials: what you need to know to design and implement good policy

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details

Executive Education

Date & time

Monday 24 August 2020
9.40am–9.40am

Venue

Online and distance

Speaker

Dr Trish Mercer and Dr Wendy Jarvie

Contacts

Isobella Fry
02 6125 5707

This course is for those who are relatively new to policy work, aspiring to work in policy areas or wanting to understand how to link implementation and policy more closely. It explains how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. It shows how academic concepts and frameworks can help you understand how policy issues are identified and analysed, and how keeping a strong focus on implementation improves policy making, particularly in advising on the choice of instruments for implementing a policy. By the end of the day, you will understand that while the world of government is often chaotic and unpredictable there are frameworks and strategies available to help you, and you will have been involved in exercises to test the course’s insights and concepts in practical application.

See related courses: Policy Essentials: using evidence and data for good policy design and implementation

This course will run as an online and distance program in 2020. It is tentatively set to run for one week 19-23 October 2020. Specific dates and times, including for multiple live sessions will be confirmed soon. Contact csee@anu.edu.au to find out more.

Cost: Before/by 2 October 2020: $1,195 After 2 October 2020: $1,495 OR $2,195 for enrolment in the Series (saving $195 off the price of purchasing each day separately). 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.

Course outline: This Workshop will explain how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. It shows how academic concepts and frameworks can help you understand how policy issues are identified and analysed, and how keeping a strong focus on implementation improves policy making, particularly in advising on the choice of instruments for implementing a policy.

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.

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.

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.

Learning outcomes: Increased understanding of how good policy is made Increased policy design capability

Who should attend? 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 and 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. No prior experience is required, although participants will get more from the day if they 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.

FAQs

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 csee@anu.edu.au.

What if I have questions? We would love to hear from you. Contact our team at csee@anu.edu.au.

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