Foundations in Public Policy Course
Working to make policy change? Understand the essential tools and resources for crafting, implementing and evaluating effective public policy.
This public policy course offers professionals an understanding of resources that policy-makers can employ to maximise the responsiveness and effectiveness of policy processes and to enhance its democratic credentials. The course examines behavioural public policy and the assessment of risk, the principles, techniques and uses of evidence in decision-making, and how policymakers construct evidence bases and assemble alternative policy options.
This public policy course explores resources for measuring performance and selecting indicators that enable the monitoring of function and the improvement of policy outputs. It explores areas of evaluation and learning: whether evaluation helps improve public policy, and the basis on which policy evaluations are conducted; and the ways in which policy structures generate and use knowledge regarding the design, workings and impacts. It concludes with a consideration of the purposes and rationales of policies and policy systems and how different disciplines across the social sciences have attempted to advance our understanding of policy and policy learning.
|Duration||5 days (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$3,640 (GST free)|
This public policy course will cover the following topics:
- Evidence and constructing policy options
- Behavioral public policy
- Risk and crisis management
- Target setting and measuring performance
- Policy evaluation
At the end of the public policy course you will be able to:
- Conceptualise the resources available for making policy within a framework that enables policymakers to track the various influences and demands.
- Explain the circumstances under which policy actors might search for solutions from other countries for potential utilisation in their own country aimed at delivering innovation and optimising of approaches to common challenges.
- Conceptualise and respond to demands for policymaking to deliver coordination and coherence in terms of outputs across traditional administrative and social groupings and distinctions.
This Public Policy 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.
Who is the course for?
This public policy course is suitable for professionals working in public policy who want to develop their capacity whether working in local government, the public sector or in non-government organisations.
In-house training solutions
This public policy course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
About the presenters
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.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this public policy course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses.
What others have said about this course
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops I attended and found the material very engaging, practical, and a great foundation for further learning and career directions. As a result, I decided to enrol in the Masters of Applied Policy degree. - Rosanna. L
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This short course is presented by the university's Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Learn more about the Institute's research, industry collaboration, postgraduate programs and short courses.