Policy 1: Reviewing the Fundamentals - Institute on Governance

Policy 1: Reviewing the Fundamentals

Build the foundations and expand your knowledge as a skilled and confident policy analyst in a complex and changing policy environment. 


Course Description

  • As a public servant, a strong understanding and effective policy analysis is one of your most important skills. In Policy 1, we will help you build the foundations of this core skill to help you shine in a complex and changing policy environment.
  • In this half-day webinar, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge in addressing complex policy advice as well as practice your skills in a safe environment.
  • Tied in with their personal experiences and advice, our experienced facilitators will cover evidence-based analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods, the policy development cycle, and effective communication skills.
  • This webinar is the first in a 3-part suite that can be taken together or as stand-alone offerings. Policy 1: Reviewing the Fundamentals, Policy 2: Policy-making in a Changing Environment, and Policy 3: Behavioural “Nudge” Economics each build upon each other to help you craft the skills needed to succeed. Policy 1 targets policy analysts and program officers in the beginner stages of policy advice. If you are a more experienced policy analyst, we recommend that you start with Policy 2.

Learning Objectives:

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

Bundle This Webinar:

This webinar is eligible to be bundled with two other webinars of your choice for a ‘buy 2, get 1 free’ price of $780. Our recommendation is to bundle Policy 1, Policy 2, and Policy 3; however, you can also choose to take advantage of our other recommended streams (Leadership; Policy: Government Essentials: Innovation) to choose your bundle or mix and match the webinars that best suit your needs. Upon registration, be sure to select the bundle option and then select your webinars. Contact us for support at 613-562-0090 or learningcentre@iog.ca.

Customize This Webinar:

This webinar is eligible to be customized as a private offering for your team and organization. Contact us at learningcentre@iog.ca to discuss your needs. 

Group Discounts:

If you have more than two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or learningcentre@iog.ca. 


Brad Graham

Vice President, Toronto

Expertise: Public Governance, Public Policy, Economics, Health, Finance, Urban Planning Degree(s): BA Economics, Dalhousie University Certification(s) & designation(s): Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto Brad Graham is Vice President, Toronto, at the Institute on Governance (IOG) and a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and […]

Francoise Ducros

Associate, Faculty

Francoise (Francie) Ducros retired from the federal Public Service in 2020 where she served as Assistant Secretary, Social and Cultural Programs for 4 years. Prior to that Francie served as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Education and Social Programs and Partnerships at the Department Affairs Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and Vice-President, […]

“I loved learning what makes a good policy analyst and the tips for creating briefs (written, oral, PowerPoints).” 

Past webinar participant

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