Who should attend
This course is designed for public servants in the APS4-EL1 range who have limited policy experience or who are aspiring to work in policy. It is suitable for graduates who have recently joined the public service. It is also good for people who want a more strategic approach to implementation and to link policy and implementation more closely.
While the course is at the introductory level, it is also suitable for participants in higher APS classifications who are looking for a ‘refresh’ or have principally worked in implementing programs.
Participants from the ‘third sector’, such as non government and private sector organisations, who are looking to expand their understanding of government and policy processes also regularly attend and have found this course very useful.
No prior experience required. It is preferable that participants have some background and/or experience in government.
About the course
This course builds on Policy Essentials: what you need to know to design and implement good policy to help participants to identify and deal with the challenges in developing evidence-informed policy and programs. The course will include how to critique evidence when you are not an expert and have little time. There will be a particular emphasis on how to communicate evidence for greatest policy impact and to guide program implementation using a range of real-world examples for illustration. Participants will be involved in hands-on exercises to reinforce the learnings through practice, including a longer exercise to gain deeper insights into the challenge of making evidence-informed policy.
To help you use evidence and data to become a confident participant in the policy design and implementation processes.
Evidence-based policy and implementation is the ‘holy grail’ for Australian public servants. But they face many challenges including the dominance of the short term and economic perspectives, the influence of ideology and the need for policy and programs to deal with immediate problems and crises. Participants will work through the various challenges to evidence-based policy drawing on their own experiences, case studies and insights from the academic and grey literature.
The Workshop will explore how to critique evidence when you are not an expert and have little time. There will be a particular emphasis on how to communicate evidence for greatest policy impact and to guide program implementation. Participants will be involved in hands-on exercises and will also be involved in a longer exercise to gain practical insights into the challenges of making evidence-informed policy that is implementable.
The Workshop will be conducted by two highly experienced former practitioners drawing on their previous experience and their ongoing research into public policy issues.
Topics to be covered:
- Challenges in using evidence for Australian policymakers;
- Critiquing data and evidence; participating in a hypothetical interdepartmental committee exercise involving different departmental perspectives on available evidence;
- The principles and practice involved in communicating and employing data and evidence effectively for policy and program design and implementation.
The structure of the day is based around presentations followed by practical exercises to embed learnings; longer exercises are done in the afternoon sessions. The workshop is based on a high level of interaction with participants and the use of exercises involving different groups of participants to increase participation and small group interactions.
Academic research and other expertise is employed to offer insights and a range of social policy case studies are drawn on as practical illustrations. Participants actively work through examples so that they can draw out the lessons themselves. Participants are also provided with useful resources for further study including key academic works, grey literature and on-line sites.
Expanded capability to use and critique evidence for policy design 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.