Public policy and programs - the essentials

Strategic and effective policy-making involves using the right tools and techniques for the problem at hand and connecting the work into the broader context and political framework.

This masterclass introduces participants to a range of conceptual models and practical applications that support stronger analytical insight into policy and program development, design and delivery.

Refreshing your skills and exploring the complexities of government policy and programs, in an interactive learning environment alongside your peers will help you make a positive impact in your own work environment.

What will you learn?

  • Being strategic about the policy process
  • Policy analysis and option development
  • An understanding of the ‘policy cycle’
  • Policy design for effective implementation
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Strategic capacity building for policy-making
  • Applying different kinds of evidence in policy advice.

Who should register?

  • Officers or managers in roles involving policy or program development, design and delivery. 
  • People working outside of policy roles who want to be exposed to how policy works.

Dr Walker was very engaging and knowledgeable on a variety of complex issues and the course has assisted me in thinking more strategically about a number of different things in my day-to-day work that I previously would not have.

Who will lead the course?

  • Dr Chris Walker – Head of Social Sciences at UNSW and experienced public service practitioner, having worked in senior executive and policy positions across numerous public sector agencies including health, road transport, rail safety and the Cabinet Office.


$AU 1,950 (incl GST)

ANZSOG alumni** receive a 15% discount* 

Receive a 25% discount for registrations of four or more people*
*Only one discount is redeemable for each registration.
**Every person that completes the Executive Masters of Public Administration, Executive Fellows Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni.


All participants will receive access to ANZSOG’s eLearning site which will include workshop preparation materials and general information. 

I strongly recommend the course for others to do as it has really stimulated me and given me a renewed focus in my work. 

Customised version

This workshop can be customised to suit the needs of your government or department. Different versions of the course have been designed specifically for staff in Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

To enquire about running this course for your department or jurisdiction, please complete the executive workshop enquiry form.

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Venue information

  • Venue: TBC