Science in Government 101 – An introduction to Science & Policy in Government

July 11, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

October 25, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

January 16, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

Event Type: Course

This 1-day course is the first in a series of courses targeted to meet the needs of science and policy professionals. Science in Government 101 is an introduction to how government works, how decisions are made in government, including a discussion of the rationale for science in government, how science priorities are established and the role of science in a government setting. In this context “science in government” relates to all departments and all staff involved in science that supports:

  • Policy development;
  • Regulatory development and enforcement;
  • Development of new knowledge;
  • Development of new technology; and
  • Development of new tools such as e-tools.

Targeted Participants

This course is designed specifically for professionals in the earlier part of their career; the junior and intermediate officer levels 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 of 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-science professionals seeking to improve their understanding related to work in a science department or agency.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Gained an appreciation of how decisions are made in government, including the nature of evidence-based decision-making and an introduction to the science-policy interface;
  • Been exposed to the principles of good governance with an understanding of why it matters;
  • Gained a better understanding of the different roles that science plays in industry, academe and government laboratories and the rationale for associated investment in science by each group;
  • Developed new relationships/networks with others in science & policy.


  • A mix of presentations, 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 one-day course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, breakfast and lunch, and course materials.

IOG Promotion!

Discounts are available for multiple participants and/or if you choose to bundle the courses.  Customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French, in any part of the country.  Contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613-562-0090 x242.
Registering is done through an online registration system where you can pay by credit card or request an invoice. If you have problems registering, please call 613-562-0090 x200.

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.

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