Crawford School of Public Policy

Policy Essentials 1: Understanding the Process

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About the course

For those who are relatively new to policy work or aspiring to work in policy areas, this course will explain how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the centrality of the Budget cycle and the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. While the world of policy is often chaotic and unpredictable, academic concepts and frameworks can help policy makers to understand how policy issues are identified and analysed and the major policy instruments available to government in reaching and communicating its decisions. Participants will be involved in exercises to test the course’s insights and concepts in practical application.

Course overview

Objectives:

To introduce you to the theory and practice of policy making and help you become a confident participant in policy processes.

Course outline:

This Workshop will explain how policy is made at the national level, highlighting the centrality of the Budget cycle and the importance of understanding your minister and the government for whom you work. The world of policy is often chaotic and unpredictable, and academic concepts and frameworks can help to understand how policy issues are identified and analysed and the major policy instruments available to government in reaching and communicating its decisions.

Too often a policy problem will recur because of failures or limitations in the policy design process and participants will explore the challenges in policy design, including the lack of attention to implementation. Practical case studies in health and other social policy areas will be employed and the experience of participants will be drawn on in order to illustrate effective and innovative policy-making.

The Workshop will be conducted by two highly experienced former practitioners drawing on their previous experience and their ongoing research into public policy issues.

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Trish Mercer

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...

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Wendy Jarvie

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...

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