Consultations: Engaging Canadians in Policy and Program Design and Delivery

Event Type: Course

Engaging Canadians in decision-making is central to the government’s new approach to policy and program development.  In keeping with the Prime Minister’s commitment to open dialogue and public participation over 200 public consultations have been launched since January 2016.  For policy-makers across government the key is to turn public consultations from a procedural burden into a relevant and strategic input to policy development and delivering on outcomes.

Participants in this course will learn how to use and leverage public participation to enhance policy and program design to achieve results and improve outcomes. Participants will learn how to use public participation to support the realization of government priorities; how public participation contributes to policy development, programme design and delivery; review the roles played by external stakeholders in policy and programme development; and explore tools and strategies to plan and execute public consultations and the approaches to be used.

Why this is important?

Under Canada’s new Draft Plan on Open Government 2016-2018 underscores the understanding that open and transparent government is fundamental to ensuring Canadians’ trust in government and in democracy. Under this plan the Government has committed to create ongoing mechanisms for strengthening dialogue with civil society in support of open government activities.  At the same time the Government has increased opportunities for Canadians to participate in decision-making about policies and programs. The opening of the Consulting with Canadians portal is a tangible step in this direction.

Managers, unit heads and senior analysts responsible for policy and program development who want to get ahead of the game as it unfolds will want to know how to include public participation within their activities and make the most of the public’s input into policy and program design and delivery and– most important – how they can proactively prepare for the increasing attention placed on consultations.

Who should participate in this course

Managers, unit heads and senior analysts who want to know what exactly public participation is about, and how to include it as part of the policy and program design and development activities and the measurement of results.

Participants will learn about:

·   The principles and drivers behind public participation

·   How to plan public participation activities, using best-practice based planning tools and,

·   How to use public participation as a strategic input into policy and program design and development

Course Fee

The cost of this course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, lunch and course materials. Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

The IOG value-added

The IOG has researched and consulted widely to build up its knowledge and expertise in deliverology.
All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country.

We also offer discounts if you wish to send more than one person.

For more information, contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613 562-0090 x242.

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