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Policy Masterclass

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One thing current the pandemic has taught us is the necessity for rapid but well thought through policy making across a raft of areas, risk assessment, emergency planning, business continuity, civil protection, co-ordination and co-operation across policy areas, just to mention but a few. The programme is an interactive one in which policy practitioners share their experiences, have different / new approaches explained, apply learning to their own circumstances, reflect upon current practice and are signposted to further learning material. This engaging Virtual programme offers opportunities for one to one, small group and plenary activity covering.

Learning Outcomes:

This event is for experienced policy makers or those looking to build on existing knowledge of the policy making process. Participants will explore:

  • global trends in the policy arena
  • policy pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • the increasing link between policy and project management
  • the enhanced importance of open government
  • rigour in policy selection
  • how delivery chains make or break policy
  • futures thinking and its relevance to the policy process.


Day one

9.30 Welcome and introductions
9.45 Principles of strategic policy making - reminder
The strategic policy making process
Policy options explored
Challenges for the public sector
11.15 Morning break
11.30 Where does the strategic policy process go wrong?
The Blunders of Governments explored
Cognitive bias in strategic policy making False logic
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Applying project management discipline
The increasing importance of SROs
Project management maturity
14.30 Afternoon break
14.45 Open policy making and idea generation
Consultative policy making
Innovation in policy making
Divergent thinking
15.30 Afternoon break
15.45 Option appraisal
Chilcott checklist
The ideal and the impossible
Selecting the optimum
16.30 Close

Day two

09.30 Welcome and recap
09.45 Delivery chains and implementation
Identifying the implementer
Delivery chains
Delivery keys and best practice
10.45 Morning break
11.00 Evaluation
Policy modelling and in-programme monitoring
Content, implementation, and impact evaluation
12.00 Futures thinking introduced
Link to the policy cycle
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Policy making global trends briefing
Public sector reform
Regulatory reform
Other issues including lessons from Covid 19 responses
14.45 Afternoon break
15.00 Surgery
Building your toolkit
Interactive surgery addressing delegates questions
16.00 Evaluation and close.


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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

"Found this course really informative and useful for work developing a new strategy. Trainer was clearly very experienced and knowledgeable on the subject and made the masterclass engaging and insightful."

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