Policy 2: Policy Making in a Changing Environment

October 12, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

January 11, 2018 8:30 am to 8:30 am Registration

March 2, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

Event Type: Course

This one-day course takes policy-making to the next level so that you can better navigate the complex policy landscape to create the conditions for success.

Who should participate in this course?

Seasoned policy analysts will find this course invaluable.  It provides a more in-depth look at the policy development process and reviews a number of techniques to help policy analysts better cope with a growing range of policy challenges.

Participants will be able to better understand:

  • The range of challenges facing policy analysts and the emerging skills and new competencies required for success
  • The importance of evidence-based analysis and concrete strategies to deal with the real-world pressures that can limit your ability to undertake such approaches
  • The importance of networking and collaboration and how to identify key stakeholders and work with them effectively
  • The use of political savvy and “reframing” strategies to better align your analysis with the government’s priority issues
  • How to generate a broad range of policy options to address new or existing policy challenges

What can you expect

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

What past participants have said about the course:

“Good, practical advice and guidance relevant to my job. Interesting, modern, relevant to today.”

“The fact that case studies are actual situations, recent and relevant, really makes them useful.”

“The slides were great and the personal experience examples were priceless. Enjoyed both instructors presentations and passion for the topic.”

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 the role of the policy professional is important

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.

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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