Developing Effective Government Policy and Policy Delivery

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This three day course aims to support policy makers in formulating policy in a professional way. It will equip you with a systematic approach to policy making and a range of practical tools and techniques that you can use in your own particular context.  On completing it you will be able to see how you can contribute effectively to policies, decisions and actions founded on strategic thought; thorough analysis; objective appraisal of choices; risks and impacts; clear communication; and a sense of practicality and realism in planning for delivery.

The instructors have spent many years working at the heart of government and have strong practical experience of the policy-making as practitioners as well as trainers.  They have been involved in training and consultancy internationally, working with a range of governments around the world.

The aim of this course is to increase your understanding of what effective policy-making entails and to enhance your policy-making skills. By the end of the course you be able to see how you can contribute more effectively to the policies, decision and actions of your organisation and within the wider government/public sector context.

You will: 

  • Understand more about what policy-making entails
  • Have been introduced to a structured framework for policy-making
  • Recognise the importance and value of having a clear vision and objectives
  • Know when and how to use a range of approaches for analysing issues and problems 
  • Know how to analyse stakeholders’ interests and influence and to use the results of that analysis in communicating with and influencing them
  • Be aware of how to use strategic thinking techniques to help you deal with issues that are subject to change and  uncertainty
  • Be able to generate options, using a range of creative thinking techniques; identify and appraise leading options and assess and manage risk
  • Be aware of what is involved in planning for delivery and in working with stakeholders towards the achievement of desired outcomes
  • Understand how to evaluate policy


Who should attend

The programme is primarily intended for policy makers in government and public service and is also a valuable course for policy and public affairs staff in organisations seeking more effective engagement with government in its policy making:

  • Policy Managers
  • Policy Advisors
  • Directors in Ministries
  • Directors and leaders of arm’s-length bodies and agencies
  • Politicians
  • Consultants
  • Senior managers and directors of organisations who need to interact with the above



Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Day 1

Effective policy- making

  • What is Policy?
  • Policy and strategy

Policy-making and policy skills

  • A structured framework for policy-making
  • Key skills

Developing a vision

  • What matters?
  • The significance and value of being clear about what you want to achieve


  • Analysis and use of evidence
  • Stakeholder identification and mapping

Day 2

Review and reflection

  • Review
  • Discussion: checking understanding of approaches and techniques introduced on Day 1

Analysis (continued)

  • Preparing for evaluation
  • The "context": external drivers for change

Strategic awareness – change, uncertainty and scenarios

  • Drivers for change and uncertainties
  • Building and using scenarios

Supporting effective decision-making

  • Generating options - creativity in policy work
  • Criteria for decision making
  • Sifting and sorting options
  • Appraising leading options
  • Identifying and managing risk
  • Presenting options and recommendations to decision-makers

Day 3

Supporting effective decision-making (continued)

Planning for policy delivery

  • Who and what is involved?
  • Planning for delivery - revisit stakeholders
  • Influence mapping and pressure analysis
  • How to inform and influence stakeholders:
  • Action planning


  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of policies

Review and reflection

  • Review of Learning
  • Applying Learning within participants’ own contexts
  • Final review and action planning

Close of course

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product