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Policy (1): Identifying the problem and engaging with stakeholders

23rd January 2019

Supporting policy makers to meet needs of the Modern Policy Profession; this module focuses on identifying the problem, gathering evidence and identifying and engaging with stakeholders. It will provide you with tools and techniques to guide you through the early stages of the policy cycle

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the need to consider the policy problem
  • Understand how to identify and communicate with stakeholders
  • Understand the range of influence of stakeholders and how to utilise it
  • Understand the need for evidence and techniques to gather it
  • Understand how to apply a range of creative thinking techniques to a policy problem in order to develop and present policy options

Programme

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair’s Introduction
10:00
The Policy “Narrative”
What is policy? How does policy differ from strategy or procedure? The policy process – a typical policy life cycle
11:15
Refreshments
11:30
Stages and Stakeholders
What are the stages and what is needed at each stage? Discussion of the relevant parties involved and their potential to influence the primary stakeholders. From Ministers to customers – who is involved when, best practice.
12:15
Influencing the policy context
How various stakeholder try to influence policy – how to engage with them in the policy process. What can go well and what can go wrong.
13:00
Lunch
14:00
Evidence
Different types of evidence, how and where to source it, how to analyse and evaluate evidence.
15:15
Refreshments
15:30
Understanding, communication and consultation
Workshop activity on communication and consultation.
16:30
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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Comments & Views

“The course met all of my objectives. The section on Policy design was very interesting and informative.”

Charlotte Dann (BEIS)

“A great mix of practical advice and background information. Thank you!”

Andy Challis, Proskills UK