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Policy 1: Reviewing the Fundamentals


December 7, 2016 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

February 16, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

Event Type: Course

Now more important than ever, this revised one-day course provides an overview of how policy is developed and put into practice by the federal government.

Who should participate in this course?

This course is for public servants who want to review the basics of policy development. Typically, participants include individuals who have recently joined a policy shop or wish to “brush up” their analytical skills and understanding of current policy challenges.

Participants will be able to better understand: 

  • The structure of government and the range of challenges facing analysts in the current policy environment
  • The importance of evidence-based analysis and how to use quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze complex issues
  • The various stages of the policy development cycle and how these are changing in the current environment
  • The importance of effective communication and how to improve your capacity to present well-structured analyses
  • The use of political acuity, sound judgment and networking skills to successfully navigate the policy process

What you can expect

The course is delivered by seasoned policy practitioners, who use practical exercises and real-world case studies to help improve your policymaking skills.  The course uses interactive discussions of key challenges facing policy analysts with a focus on how to deal with these situations.

What past participants have said about the course:

“Great overview of the policy making process.”

“The workshop was dynamic and informative, useful and well presented.”

“Great instructors made the day interesting.”

Course fee

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

Why public policy development is important

Prime Minister Harper has said that policy is about connecting people within and outside government and about bringing ideas to life.  The course underscores that policy analysts, program officers and managers work in a complex environment of conflicting demands, expanding knowledge, multiple stakeholders, and issues that cut across the mandates of various departments and agencies. Making sense of all of these elements, while keeping the interests of Canadians at the forefront of policy formulation, requires a sound understanding of the policy process, relationships with networks of decision-makers, and policy instruments that are available to address a range of modern policy issues.

“ In this complex environment, federal public servants continue to work on policy issues that matter to Canadians, ranging from the economy and unemployment to climate change.” (Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council, Seventeenth Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada, March 2010).

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 tfyfe@iog.ca 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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