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The Policy Toolkit /

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This ten-day programme combines:

Developing Effective Policies: Analysis, Evidence and Impact: 5 days
Translating Policy into Legislation: 5 days

The successful policy maker is able to make the right decisions throughout the policy making process, confident that their policies are based on sound evidence. In week one delegates will look at how robust analysis and use of evidence can be used to improve policy making. Focused on delegates’ real-life policy or programme challenges, this workshop will develop the ability to appraise different sources of evidence and determine what value they will bring to policy-making, or any project or programme.

Policy-makers are also responsible for translating policy into legislation. Good quality legislation is understandable and accessible, whereas poor quality legislation can incur heavy political and social costs.
In week two, delegates will develop an understanding of the analytical skills required to convert policy into legislation and learn practical skills around how it should be structured and drafted.

Communicating policy to is also vital, and this week includes a module on how to obtain a receptive audience for your ideas.

On completing this combined programme, you will be better equipped to oversee the policy-making process from the development stage through to legislation.

Course Objectives

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles behind good policy making
  • Make use of different types of evidence and evaluation to create successful policies, projects or programmes
  • Analyse policy for the purposes of drafting legislation
  • Work more effectively with policy-making or drafting colleagues
  • Improve your skills in the use of appropriate legislative expression
  • More effectively communicate policy ideas

Key Topics

  • Applying critical appraisal of research evidence to formulate sound policy
  • Understanding the processes involved in analysing policy from a drafter’s perspective
  • Drafting skills – improve through practical exercises
  • Communicating and ‘selling’ policy ideas to key decision makers
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