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The Institute on Governance’s public sector Certificate in Program Leadership (CPL) is for executives, senior and middle level program managers and senior officers who want to gain the skills and tools to deliver large, complex government programs strategically in a changing government environment.

The CPL builds upon the Institute’s 6-year track record of public sector leadership and capacity building, and is prepared and delivered with support from the Dalhousie School of Public Management and the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy.  

Why a Certificate in Program Leadership?

The government’s Policy on Results tasks deputy heads with ensuring that departments have in place the capacity to deliver results for major programs in their Program Inventory.  And in a public sector, digitally-enabled world of rapid change, ambiguity and risk, how should success be measured?

The CPL focuses on large, complex efforts that include the delivery of multiple program elements. These elements include central agency requirements, new and changed business models, increased expectations by citizens, demands by political leaders for results, and overall changes to public service structure and capabilities.

Executives, senior and middle level program managers and senior officers who run complex programs need to ensure that priorities are delivered on time, on budget and on scope.  But on top of that, in accordance with TBS requirements, they need to ensure appropriate alignment between their program, the Departmental Results Framework and the Program Inventory as well as implement and maintain Performance Information Profiles.

In this environment, they need to think strategically, understand risk, and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of their programs in response to changing priorities. They need to understand how to use data to enhance decision-making. They need to work effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders inside and outside government. They must be able to define and frame complex problems and actively create opportunities for disruptive innovation.

What do we mean by a government program?

The CPL defines a government program as complex, multi-year, and involving a significant expenditure of public money. It requires the commitment and active involvement of a team and stakeholder organizations to achieve the desired outcomes. It delivers, or enables, one or more benefits i.e. measurable improvement resulting from an outcome and perceived as an advantage by one or more stakeholders.

What is program management?

A key goal of program management is to use inputs to achieve results and realize outcomes of strategic relevance. "Traditional" project management approaches fall short for complex, long-term undertakings.

Good program management creates both the structure and practices to guide the program itself and provide senior-level leadership, oversight, and control. Strategically, it encompasses the relationship between the oversight effort and the department's overall business, and sets the stage for a disruptive future. It encompasses all the decision-making roles and responsibilities involved in executing the program effort.

The IOG Certificate in Program Leadership will provide an opportunity for participants to focus on the discipline of complex program management that describes principles, strategies, and results for leading large-scale efforts comprising parallel projects that are typically governed by a simple management structure.

Who should attend?

The CPL is designed for executives, senior and middle level program managers and senior officers who are involved in complex, multi-year programs and who:

  • Are accountable at a strategic level to executive sponsors for delivering projects.
  • Manage schedules, budgets, teams/partners/stakeholders, and the performance of all program elements.
  • Lead high-level sessions for program planning and development.
  • Review/approve project plans to conform to high-level program strategy, plans and schedules.

How the Certificate in Program Leadership works

The IOG has developed a curriculum focused on the needs of the public sector but which is based on proven best practice from both public and private sector organizations.

All participants will be required to demonstrate a basic understanding of the functioning of government before they will be permitted to attend the program.  This test will be administered online.

There are 12 modules of 1-2 days coursework/per module. Participants will complete 2 modules per month. The Program will be completed over a six-month period.

All participants will be required to demonstrate a basic understanding of the functioning of government before they will be permitted to attend the program. Participants who complete the program will be entitled to use the designation Certified Program Leader from the IOG as they pursue their careers in the public sector.

Cost

The fee for the IOG Certificate in Program Leadership is just $18,000. As a not-for-profit, the IOG does not charge HST.

The fee includes pre-program testing, 12 days of classroom experience with experienced public sector professionals, all resource materials, and post-program testing.

Discounts are available for more than one candidate and for out-of-town participants.

Timing and location

The IOG Certificate in Program Leadership starts February 20, 2018.  The deadline for registration is January 31, 2018 and can be done by email to registration@iog.ca or mail to 60 George Street, Suite 203 Ottawa, ON, K1N 1J4.

Participants will meet for a day at the IOG offices at 60 George St in the ByWard Market once every two weeks.

Want to know more?

For further information, click here for FAQs.  To register, please contact Toby Fyfe, Vice-President Learning lab (tfyfe@iog.ca; 613 562-0090 x242) or Gerard Etienne, Associate Vice-President, Learning Lab (getienne@iog.ca; 613 562-0090 x237).