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Policy 3: Behavioural « Nudge » Economics – Innovation in Policymaking


27 janvier 2017 8:30 à 4:30 Inscription

17 mars 2017 8:30 à 4:30 Inscription

Type d'événements: Cour

Back by popular demand! This one-day course takes policymaking to the next level to help you better navigate the complex policy landscape and create the conditions for success.

Who should participate in this course?

Seasoned policy analysts and those with a keen interest in new policy directions will find this course invaluable.  It provides a more realistic understanding of how decisions are made under conditions of risk, uncertainty and complexity, and discusses how behavioural insights improve policy design and implementation.  Those interested in complementing their understanding of behavioural economics with additional insights from integrative thinking and design thinking should consider our two-day boot camp on « Policy 3: Behavioural « Nudge » Economics – Innovation in Policymaking ».

Participants will be able to better understand

  • How conventional analysis can be supported by behavioural economic insights to improve the design and implementation of public policy
  • How concepts such as status quo bias, default options, loss aversion, anchoring and saliency bias can be used to “nudge” citizens toward better policy choices
  • How governments can recognize behavioural biases that commonly affect policymakers and guard against these weaknesses

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.  It uses interactive discussions and exercises related to key challenges facing policy analysts to illustrate core ideas in behavioural economics.

What past participants have said about the course:

« Lots of new, interesting information. Very applicable to policy making. »

« The instructors make the course fluid and easy to absorb. »

« The instructors facilitated a great learning environment and created a relaxed, informed classroom. »

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 more innovative policy analysis and development techniques are needed

Public servants engaged in policymaking need to develop a set of skills and tools that are adaptive and responsive to the complexity of modern policy issues.   These tools can help policymakers design policies that are simpler and more user-friendly.

Behavioural economics provides new tools for policy development, implementation and engagement that are better aligned with modern policy challenges.

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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