Policy Workshop programs

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 09:00
Brisbane QLD
Australia

Upcoming workshops:

Writing for Policy Results - Brisbane:

2–3 NOVEMBER (BOOK NOW - EARLY BIRD)

Another two-day immersion, delivered by experienced policy professional, Nonie Malone, and awarded government writing educator, Sandra Hogan, this workshop will hone your skills so you and your decision-makers have confidence in your written communications. 

Topics Covered:

  • Know the critical importance of writing in the policy development process
  • Understand how to use policy documents to reach and influence decision-makers
  • Know how to navigate the complex policy environment
  • Distinguish the elements of good policy writing and learn by doing
  • Know how to engage internal and external stakeholders effectively
  • See how policy documents influence and embody policy
  • Develop confidence in planning and creating policy documents
  • Know how to communicate accurately, briefly and comprehensively 

Project management for policy and programs

14–15 NOVEMBER (BOOK NOW - EARLY BIRD)

Interactive learning suitable for practitioners at all levels. Learn from experts with years of policy development, planning and management experience.

Topics Covered:

  • Know why and how to use project and program management for optimal policy process and outcomes
  • Apply program and project management techniques and tools to your own projects
  • Develop capability to manage projects and programs in a constantly changing environment
  • Explore the reasons for policy failure and ways to avoid and respond to early signs
  • Come away with stakeholder engagement and management tools and techniques
  • Understand how to plan and execute evaluations to maximise outcomes
  • Learn how to manage time, quality, people and political pressures
  • Enhance your leadership ability
  • Know how to balance control and flexibility to deal with uncertainty

Evaluation for a robust evidence-base for policy and programs

21–22 NOVEMBER (BOOK NOW - EARLY BIRD)

Two-day workshop combining policy management with evaluation expertise 

— delivered by Nonie Malone and Marion Norton. Interactive, hands-on learning suitable for practitioners at all levels

Topics Covered:

  • Understand the role of evaluation in delivering efficient & effective outcomes for government 
  • Know how to plan for and deliver quality evaluation that is fit for purpose and audience
  • Know how to influence the authorising environment to ensure quality evaluations can occur
  • Understand and know how to select and use evaluation methodologies
  • Develop capability in commissioning and managing evaluations 
  • Gain and refine program logic skills
  • Know how to develop the evidence-base from policy idea to post-program implementation
  • Become familiar with the best information available to support your evaluation responsibilities and practice

Tools and skills for policy practitioners

5–6 DECEMBER (BOOK NOW - EARLY BIRD)

Interactive learning suitable for practitioners at all levels. Learn from experts with years of policy experience at all levels.

Co-author of the highly-acclaimed and longstanding Australia Policy Handbook, Peter Bridgman leads a two-day immersion in policy advice and production. Along with experienced policy professional, Nonie Malone, this is a workshop delivered by practitioners, not academics, and tailored to the work on your desk right now. 

Topics Covered:

  • Develop new policy skills and build on your existing skills
  • Understand why developing policy advice is hard
  • Come away with new tools and frameworks to improve your analysis
  • Navigate the complex policy environment
  • Distinguish the elements of good policy and learn from policy failure
  • Know how to engage stakeholders effectively
  • See how policy practitioners lead and manage policy
  • Develop confidence in planning and execution for effective implementation and evaluation
  • Explore the interface between research, evidence, analysis, implementation and evaluation
  • Know how to balance control and flexibility to deal with uncertainty