Fundamentals of Public Policy Design and Analysis
(PPOLI, 4 days)


Policy makes the world go around. It intersects every aspect of our lives. A good understanding of how to analyze a problem and develop an effective policy solution takes knowledge, skills and practice. This course provides participants with practical tools to develop and improve public policy initiatives. Using relevant real-world examples, participants will develop a deeper understanding of each of the stages of the Policy Cycle –agenda setting, problem analysis, developing policy options, choosing a policy instrument, policy implementation and evaluation.

Dates and Pricing

Jan 9 to Jan 12, 2018$1,499/person Feb 6 to Feb 9, 2018$1,499/person Mar 6 to Mar 9, 2018$1,499/person


What is public policy?
Purpose, roles and impact of public policy
Policy matters: values, ethics and professional standards
Four types of public policies – constituent, regulatory, distributive, and redistributive
Policy instruments
Policy versus procedure
The Policy Cycle
Analyzing the problem
Formulating options
Making a decision
Getting buy-in (Legitimation)
Implementing a solution
Evaluating effectiveness
Ongoing improvement - maintenance, succession, termination
Is there a problem? Says who? Why does it matter?
Stakeholder engagement, innovation and client-centred design
Getting management support
Tools for Problem Analysis
Data analysis
Situational analysis
Classic problem analysis
Fishbone analysis
Root cause analysis or the “five whys”
Appreciative inquiry
Gender-based analysis (GBA+)
Checking for bias
Summarizing findings – reporting back
Understanding Policy Instruments
Legislation and regulation
Economic instruments
Public ownership
Performance-based regulation
Information, education and outreach
Insurance schemes
Collaborative/consensual/partnership approaches
Formulating Policy Options
We’ve clarified the problem – now what?
Setting SMART policy objectives
Identifying intervention points
Stakeholders’ roles at intervention points
Clarifying policy, procedure, guidelines, standards
Drafting policy options
Framework for Decision Analysis – Picking Policy Option(s)
Effectiveness, conformity and compliance
Level of knowledge
Level of acceptance
Economic impact
Enforcement – probability of inspection, detection and choice
Sanctions – probability and impact
Political accountability and transparency
Risk assessment
Cost-benefit analysis
Policy Implementation
Getting buy-in
Developing a project plan
Public policy implementation overview
Monitoring and enforcement frameworks
Policy Evaluation and Stewardship
Setting Performance indicators and benchmarking SMART objectives
Monitoring performance
Determining impact, effectiveness, efficiency and cost-effectiveness
Ongoing assessment - maintenance, succession or termination of a policy