Policy Officers' Intensive

A Comprehensive Workshop to Advance Your Skills as a Policy Officer

  • April 30th - May 2nd, 2019
  • Cliftons Brisbane


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- Identifying the fundamentals of 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


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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 - 30 Apr


Policy analysis and development: The fundamentals

-      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 

-      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 

-       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

Module Two - 1 May


Principles of effective policy writing and communication

-      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

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

-      Stakeholder engagement and consultation

Organising principles for policy documents

-      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

-      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

Module Three - 2 May


Complexity and 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

-      Implementing good policy project management throughout the policy cycle

-      Success factors

-      Managing and sharing information/evidence effectively, effective communication

Risk management

-      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

-      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


Cliftons Brisbane

Level 3, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

07 3231 0999

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