Evidence and Influence in Public Policy
How can policymakers effectively use evidence to broker knowledge and inform policy development? Understand best practice in how to use evidence to influence your policy goals or reform initiatives in this five-day short course.
The role of evidence and different types of research in policy making is a critical skill for professionals involved in creating and implementing good public policy. This course:
- considers how these issues shape the definition of policy problems by examining differential impacts derived from practical examples in the field.
- discusses the debate surrounding the issue of transparency in public policy and examines how policymakers have met demands for increased access and participation in an increasingly complex world.
- considers the interface between science and policymaking, and the extent to which policymakers allow scientific method and use of evidence bases to broker knowledge and inform policy development and analysis.
- examines how, and the extent to which, the lessons of policy evaluation, formulation and development are transferable across national and sector boundaries.
The short course describes the role and importance of professionals and street-level bureaucrats in shaping policy goals and reform initiatives, offering a range of teaching and learning strategies including debates, group discussions, case studies, presentations and guest speakers. By the end of the course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects relating to evidence and its use in policy and decision-making.
In this short course, you will focus on five key concepts:
- Recognising and defining policy problems.
- Evidence’s role in policy development and analysis
- How to handle the demands of transparency as policymakers
- Delivering outputs and goals as policy professionals and bureaucrats
- Public policy evaluation, formulation and development as transferrable across national and international boundaries.
At the end of the course you will be able to;
- Describe the goals of scientists and policy makers, their attitudes toward information, languages, perception of time, and career paths. Account for how these fundamentally different vocations work together, and what individuals from both spheres need to understand about each other.
- Understand issues of policy learning, diffusion, transfer and convergence, how they speak to the ways in which various political systems use and generate information about the impact, function, formulation and rationale of policies and policy mechanisms across jurisdictions.
- Conceptualise the roles that participants in the policy process play and should play in the context of how information is exchanged, how interaction occurs and agreements are reached.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this short course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses.
|Duration||Five days (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$3,640 (GST free)|
Who should attend?
Individuals working with or in the public sector that need to develop an understanding of how evidence informs policy and policy makers. This could include:
- State and federal civil servants and local government officers
- Social and transport planners
- Housing and healthcare officers
- Community activists and third sector employees
- Community and economic development officers
About the presenter
Associate Professor John Wright is an international regulatory governance scholar with expertise in public policy and political theory. He has held senior research positions at world leading academic institutions such as the London School of Economics and Political Science, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Australian National University, working in the areas of healthcare and pharmaceutical regulation, European methods and processes for technology assessment, European investment and research in non-Communicable Diseases, and European Public Spending reform. His current research focuses on regulation and governance theory, political economy and comparative European politics.
This Evidence and Influence in Public Policy short course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Customised and in house delivery options
This short course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more
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This short course is presented by the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Learn more about the Institute's research, industry collaboration, postgraduate and professional development opportunities.