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Policy (1): Identifying the problem and engaging with stakeholders

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Supporting policy makers to meet needs of the Modern Policy Profession; this module focuses on identifying the problem, gathering evidence and identifying and engaging with stakeholders. It will provide you with tools and techniques to guide you through the early stages of the policy cycle

The Institute of Leadership & Management

The Institute of Leadership and Management (TILM) has approved this training course. TILM combines years of research, knowledge and innovation to champion the leadership agenda for all and since 1947 they have carried out extensive research into the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviours and values of great leadership. Based on TILM’s core leadership values, this course meets the standard that enables learners who have completed to access the following benefits:

  • Being eligible for membership of  The Institute of Leadership and Management and will receive an ICPS/ TILM joint Certificate of achievement for the course
  • Access to a raft of resources to help you with your continuing professional development, including an award-winning library of e-learning content
  • A community of over 30,000 members worldwide enabling you to collaborate and grow your knowledge and skills
  • Receipt of weekly news updates, podcasts and cutting-edge research and a monthly published journal and invitations to topical webinars
  • Authorisation to use approved letters AMInstLM (Associate Member of The Institute of Leadership and Management) after your name for business correspondence

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the need to consider the policy problem
  • Understand how to identify and communicate with stakeholders
  • Understand the range of influence of stakeholders and how to utilise it
  • Understand the need for evidence and techniques to gather it
  • Understand how to apply a range of creative thinking techniques to a policy problem in order to develop and present policy options


Chairs Introduction
The Policy Narrative
What is policy? How does policy differ from strategy or procedure? The policy process a typical policy life cycle
Stages and Stakeholders
What are the stages and what is needed at each stage? Discussion of the relevant parties involved and their potential to influence the primary stakeholders. From Ministers to customers who is involved when, best practice.
Influencing the policy context
How various stakeholder try to influence policy how to engage with them in the policy process. What can go well and what can go wrong.
Different types of evidence, how and where to source it, how to analyse and evaluate evidence.
Understanding, communication and consultation
Workshop activity on communication and consultation.

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice


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Comments & Views

"The course met all of my objectives. The section on Policy design was very interesting and informative."

Charlotte Dann (BEIS)

"A great mix of practical advice and background information. Thank you!"

Andy Challis, Proskills UK