Leadership Training: Public Policy Design & Analysis

Course Delivery

Live Instructor-Led Training

Course Description

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. The course Public Policy Design & Analysis (Leadership Training) 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.

Course Dates and Pricing

Dec 13 - 16, 2022$2,800.00Jan 24 - 27, 2023$3,350.00Feb 21 - 24, 2023$3,350.00Mar 21 - 24, 2023$3,350.00Apr 18 - 21, 2023$3,350.00May 16 - 19, 2023$3,350.00Jun 13 - 16, 2023$3,350.00Jul 18 - 21, 2023$3,350.00

Course Outline


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

Course Locations

  • Ottawa

  • Montreal

  • Toronto

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