Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Essentials of Policy Development

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About the course

Public sector managers and policymakers are tasked with delivering timely, high-quality and workable solutions to complex and constantly evolving socio-political, economic and sectoral challenges. This demands a thorough understanding of problems on the ground and expertise in the formulation and execution of policies that have real impact. It also requires a deep understanding of the different approaches to distinct, yet interrelated policy issues.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Essentials of Policy Development programme imparts detailed foundational knowledge and arms participants with the theoretical frameworks they need to understand the policy development process, from conceptualising public policy to evaluating options and measuring outcomes and impact. The programme combines interactive lectures, policy case studies and facilitated group work to complement conceptual learning with practical training.


  • Understand the policy cycle and the gaps that need to be addressed in policy development
  • Acquire the political, administrative and analytical acumen needed to shape policy development
  • Adopt a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to analysing, developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and communicating public policies
  • Acquire and sharpen technical skills in each stage of the policy development process
  • Learn different analytical, decision-making, evaluation and communication tools
  • Learn how to map, manage and communicate with stakeholders, organisations and the general public

Who should attend

  • Policy analysts, strategists, and government professionals in policy functions, with more than 2 years of work experience
  • Anyone requiring an introduction and exposure to policy-making and programme development

Trust the experts

Eduardo Araral

Dr. Araral specialises in and has received numerous awards for the study of governance and institutions for collective goods across a range of public policy contexts. He teaches public management, public finance, research methods, policy analysis and programme evaluation, and institutional analys...


Kang Chen

Dr. Chen Kang is currently professor and director of Master in Public Administration and Management programme (MPAM) and Chinese Executive Education Programmes at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his B.Sc. in mathematics from Xiamen...


Ching Leong

Leong Ching's work lies in making sense of apparently irrational environmental behavior, whether in refusal to use recycled water, underinvesting in water utilities, or decision making in building dams and managing rivers. She uses narratives, perceptions and stories to understand collective publ...


Caroline Brassard

Caroline Brassard worked as an economist for the Government of Ontario in Canada, and then undertook research and long term consultancy work on poverty reduction strategies for several international non-governmental organisations in developing countries, including United Nations Children’s Fund i...


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