Fundamentals of Public Policy Development


A department/agency’s ability to implement solutions to public policy problems, is, in part, a function of its internal capacity to analyze problems and develop workable policies. Through a combination of theory, discussions and practical tasks, participants review and practice key elements of the policy development cycle.  This course examines how to identify current and emerging issues, gather relevant information, analyze it critically, identify potential policy solutions, and formulate advice and recommendations. Participants also discuss implementation and evaluation.



  • Models of public policy development
  • The policy development cycle
  • Developing policy in the context of the federal government
  • Using Gender-based Analysis Plus
  • Influencing policy development and implementation – public, political and network efforts
  • Communicating public policy to stakeholders and to the general public
  • Consulting with stakeholders – issues, approaches and considerations
  • Providing strategic and tactical advice to senior management
  • Responding to obstacles in public policy development
  • Good governance guidelines Formal policy processes – Memoranda to Cabinet and TB submissions



  • Entry and mid-level policy advisors, analysts
  • Anyone working, or looking to work, in the field of policy within the Government of Canada



12 hours



  • $995 (plus tax)
  • Courses offered in 2023: $1095(plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Elva Keip has designed and delivered workshops in the adult education field for over 25 years.  She relies on her experience and extensive research, along with her dynamic presence and sense of humour, to provide superb training in a variety of areas, such as facilitation, writing (basic, advanced and web), competencies interviewing, policies and procedures, and briefing notes. A key focus in all her workshops is the effective use of plain language. Elva also offers one-on-one coaching for individuals who prefer a personal approach to their skills development.


I have taken away a lot of knowledge that will help me in my day-to-day activities.  


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P00752212AFundamentals of Public Policy Development12/5/202212/8/2022AutumnOnlineRegister to Event
P00752301AFundamentals of Public Policy Development1/9/20231/12/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event
P00752302AFundamentals of Public Policy Development2/6/20232/9/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event
P00752303AFundamentals of Public Policy Development3/6/20233/7/2023WinterIn PersonRegister to Event
P00752304AFundamentals of Public Policy Development4/17/20234/20/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event