Who should attend
This workshop is designed for public servants who have some policy experience. It is designed to deliver deeper learning and more complex content to the courses that precede it. It is also appropriate for those in private and non-government sectors who work closely with government on policy and delivery issues.
About the course
This course draws on research insights and examples from major social policy reforms to demonstrate the features of policy success and failure, and to show how sometimes both are evident in the one policy. Participants will be introduced to case studies and academic concepts which can assist them to understand how success at times can be a protracted and fraught process and how policy failures can offer valuable insights, particularly for implementation. Participants will identify where in the policy design process these types of insights can be utilised, including through risk analysis and in ministerial briefings
- insights from academic research into policy success and failure;
- unpicking success employing social policy case studies;
- how initial failure can be followed by later policy success;
- the influence of pre-existing mental models and cognitive bias;
- putting it together in terms of practical application.
The structure of the day is based around presentations followed by practical exercises to embed learnings.
Our learning objectives are to accelerate policy development skills through learning how to use academic concepts to critically examine current and past policies in order to understand the key elements leading to policy success or failure, and to identify where these learnings can be used both in policy making and implementation.
With over 20 years’ experience as an SES officer (1989-2010) in Commonwealth central and line public service departments, Trish Mercer is highly experienced in policy and program formulation. From 2003 to 2010, Trish worked in the Department of Education, Science and Training and its successor th...
Dr Wendy Jarvie is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business, UNSW Canberra. Professional and Teaching Experience Dr Wendy Jarvie has had a diverse career. She spent seven years (2001- 2008) as a Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Departments of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.