Policy Officers' Intensive

A Comprehensive Workshop to Advance Your Skills as a Policy Officer

  • November 20th - 22nd, 2018
  • Cliftons Sydney

OVERVIEW

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- Identifying the fundamentals to policy analysis for successful implementation
- Discover different approaches to raising policy issues
- Establish available tools and techniques that will deliver key policy outcomes
- Acquire tips to communicate all stages of the policy process cross-functionally

SPEAKERS

Carolyn Page

Carolyn Page

Carolyn Page established the Canberra-based consultancy, the Clear English Company to support government agencies, businesses, lobby groups and not-for-profit organisations to improve strategic thinking and communication. 

Since 2007 Carolyn has provided policy analysis, training and strategic advice for over 20 Australian, state and territory government agencies and for a range of voluntary and non-government organisations. With Clive Haggar, she has also delivered close to 100 workshops on the management of workplace bullying, tailored to the needs of specific agencies.

Director
The Clear English Company

  • Susan Garner
    Susan Garner
    Director
    Garner Willisson
  • Rob Richards
    Rob Richards
    Director
    Evidentiary

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THE SCHEDULE

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Dilemmas, tools and frameworks for policy analysis and development
Writing effective policy documents
Introduction to policy project management and implementation
Module One - 20 Nov - 08:30- 16:30

Workshop

Policy analysis and development: The fundamentals

A review of contexts for policy analysis and the role of the Policy Officer: 

• The role of policy analysis and obstacles to effective policy 

• Revisiting the stages of policy development 

• The real world: Impediments, interruptions and timing 

• Policy-making models: Cycles, systems and other constructs 

 

Understanding context, policy issues and responses 

Defining problems and proposing solutions: 

• Identifying policy problems: What is driving change? 

• Identifying existing impediments to change 

• Understanding the context, politics and agendas for a proposed policy

• Reviewing the institutional settings and processes in which policy analysis / development occur

• Policy and political institutions and their role in public policy

• Framing policy issues and developing a theory of change

• Determining the appropriateness of policy approaches

• Wicked problems and policy experimentation 

 

Developing an evaluative mindset 

• The essential skills and tools for policy analysis 

• Identifying pitfalls and managing risk 

• Using ‘Program Logic’ and ‘Policy Logic’ to map policy trajectories and identify measurable indicators of success at each stage of the policy cycle 

 

Plotting for success: Collaboration and communication 

Strategies to improve impact and uptake: 

• Combining regulatory, economic and social instruments to achieve a desired outcome 

• Building key relationships and tapping expertise

• Working with service providers and program managers

• Making your case: Communicating policy issues and ideas to achieve a favourable outcome

  • Carolyn Page

    Carolyn Page Director The Clear English Company

Module Two - 21 Nov - 08:30- 16:30

Workshop

Principles of effective policy writing and communication

A review of the key process and resources available to Policy Officers:

• The do’s and don’ts: A key overview of effective policy writing

• Identifying the power of plain language when communicating to non-policy stakeholders

• Reaching key stakeholders who are integral to the policy process


Organising information for policy writing

An examination of how to write effective, reader-focused policy documents:

• Assessing the ongoing process of issues identification and how to succinctly raise concerns

• Stakeholder engagement and consultation


Organising principles for policy documents

This session will explore format options, and provide insight into how to select the most appropriate

document structure, given the context:

• Mapping out the core structure of the policy - What should a policy document look like?

• Establishing the policy context and level of detail

• Identifying policy client demand and ensuring the needs of key stakeholders are met

• Live updating of conditions: Integrating policy decisions and non-decision into an evolving policy

document


Continuing to build your policy writing capabilities

A review of strategies that effective policy professionals can use to improve their potential:

• Managing and prioritising competing internal and external demands

• Inviting feedback and constructive criticism in order to build upon current tools and techniques

• Success and failure: Learning from the past to benefit policy both present and future

• Identify tools and techniques to improve your professional research and reading skills

• Acquire the ability to both deliver and receive feedback in a professional manner

  • Susan Garner

    Susan Garner Director Garner Willisson

Module Three - 22 Nov - 08:30- 16:30

Workshop

Complexity and public policy

An examination of the nature of complexity, and the difficulties to working in public policy:

· What is “policy project management” and why is it important?

· What is involved with policy project management?

· Complexity within public policy – understanding the policy space

· Managing for complexity with policy project management


Policy project planning

A discussion of the merits of applying project management techniques within the policy

making process, and demonstrates why this is critical to successful policy implementation:

· Implementing good policy project management throughout the policy cycle

· Success factors

· Managing and sharing information/evidence effectively, effective communication


Risk management

Developing skills to identify and manage risk in projects including:

· Understanding sources of uncertainty and risk to policy development and management

· Working to mitigate risks including adverse or perverse outcomes

· Using evidence to mitigate risks


Beyond planning - Implementation and review

An examination of the actions Policy Officers / Project Managers must take to ensure that policy

project work is undertaken as planned:

· Implementing the plan!

· Good monitoring and evaluation of policy projects

· Controlling the project -managing quality and resources

· Managing internal and external perceptions

· Ethical and professional considerations in public policy

  • Rob Richards

    Rob Richards Director Evidentiary

GETTING HERE / THE LOCATION

Cliftons Sydney

Level 13, 60 Margaret St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

+61 2 9250 0999

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