Essentials of Science and Technology Policy

Event Type: Course

This two-day course builds on the work done by the ADM S&T Integration Board and Natural Resources Canada on the importance of, and issues surrounding, science and technology policy in the Government of Canada.

The original course was developed by Jeff Kinder of the Strategic Science-Technology Branch at NRCan. Dr Kinder will be co-delivering the course with the IOG.

Rationale For Course

Science and technology remain key contributors to the delivery of a broad range of public policy mandates but S&T are not always well understood. Better integration of science and policy is needed to support evidence-based decision-making but remains a challenge. There is demand for more public servants trained at the intersection of science, technology and public policy

Targeted Participants

Professionals at the officer level in the following groups will be interested in this course:

“Science” – Federal scientists, engineers, researchers, regulatory experts and other technical professionals seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to the policy context for S&T and how to better ensure the
relevance, quality and impact of their work.

“Policy” – Federal policy analysts/advisors and other officers in strategic planning, risk management, program delivery, knowledge management, audit, evaluation, communications, and other non-S&T professionals seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to how S&T can support evidence-based decision-making, provide a test bed for new ideas and improve their products.

“S&T Policy” – S&T policy analysts/advisors, especially those who are new to these positions, seeking to improve their understanding and skills related to S&T policy and their role at the interface between science and policy

Learning Objectives

By the end of the two-day course, participants will have:

•    gained a better appreciation of science policy, both in terms of “policy for science” and “science for policy”, the nature of evidence-based decision-making, and the science-policy interface

•    gained a better understanding of the key  issues, ideas, interests, institutions and instruments underlying the government’s support of S&T in industry, academe and government laboratories

•    been exposed to various tools and resources that support the integration of science and policy

•    developed new relationships/networks with others in science policy


•    A mix of presentation, discussion, real-world cases, active learning approaches, guest speakers, reflection and networking

•    Emphasis on practice over theory

•    Potential for complementary on-line content modules in the future

Course Fee

The cost of this two-day course is $1200 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, two lunches and course materials.

IOG Promotion! We are offering discounts on group registrations! If you register two people, the cost is $1000 per person; for 3 people, it is $850 per person and for 4 people, $800 per person. Contact our Learning Centre at to get the promo code before registering.

Registering is done through an online registration system where you can pay by credit card or request an invoice.

The IOG value-added

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. For more information about customized courses, contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613 562 0090 x242 for details.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

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