Fundamentals of Public Policy Development

A department or agency’s ability to implement solutions to public policy problems is, in part, a function of its internal policy analysis and development capacity. Through a combination of theory, discussions and practical exercises, participants will review and practice key elements of the policy development cycle. Specifically, the workshop will examine how to identify current and emerging issues and problems, gather relevant information and analyze it critically to assess the potential impact, identify potential policy solutions including the strengths and weaknesses for each, formulate recommendations and advice for consideration by senior management, implement the approved solution, and then monitor and evaluate its effectiveness.

  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Instructor
  • The policy development cycle (i.e., from problem definition to evaluation)

  • Policy development within the context of the Government of Canada, including Cabinet, legislative and regulatory policy approval processes

  • Public, political and organizational influence on policy development and implementation

  • Communicating public policy to Canadians

  • Critical thinking and analysis

  • Providing strategic and tactical advice to senior management

  • Review of selected case studies

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

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.”

This workshop is part of our Online Distance Learning Program 

Certain sessions of this workshop are now offered online via live video conferencing. Online session are indicated in parenthesis in the box below.

Register today by selecting an online session.


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Fundamentals of Public Policy Development (Online session)
November 17, 18, 19, 20, 2020
9:00 - 12:00
Fundamentals of Public Policy Development (Online session)
January 19, 20, 21, 22, 2021
9:00 - 12:00
Fundamentals of Public Policy Development (Online session)
March 1, 2, 3, 4, 2021
13:00 - 16:00
Fundamentals of Public Policy Development
June 7, 8, 2021
9:00 - 16:00

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