Fundamentals of Public Policy Development


A government department’s or agency’s ability to implement public policy solutions to problems is related to 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.


Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the context in which public policy development occurs
  • Explain the most common model of public policy development
  • Identify policy development influences
  • Implement elements of the policy development cycle
  • Determine appropriate stakeholder consultation
  • Identify common obstacles to public policy development and possible actions to respond effectively



  • Entry and mid-level policy advisors, analysts
  • Anyone working, or looking to work, in the field of public policy within governments at any level, or wanting to influence public policy from outside government



12 hours



  • $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Elva Keip has designed and delivered courses 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 courses 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.  


Event CodeTitleBegin DateEnd DateTermDelivery Method
P00752311AFundamentals of Public Policy Development11/6/202311/9/2023AutumnOnlineRegister
P00752312AFundamentals of Public Policy Development12/4/202312/7/2023AutumnOnlineRegister
P00752401AFundamentals of Public Policy Development1/8/20241/11/2024WinterOnlineRegister
P00752402AFundamentals of Public Policy Development2/5/20242/8/2024WinterOnlineRegister
P00752403AFundamentals of Public Policy Development3/6/20243/7/2024WinterIn PersonRegister
P00752404AFundamentals of Public Policy Development4/15/20244/18/2024WinterOnlineRegister
P00752405AFundamentals of Public Policy Development5/6/20245/9/2024SummerOnlineRegister
P00752406AFundamentals of Public Policy Development6/10/20246/13/2024SummerOnlineRegister
P00752407AFundamentals of Public Policy Development7/10/20247/11/2024SummerIn PersonRegister