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25th - 26th, August 2021
Sydney, AU

Build policy leadership to analyse and respond to complex public policy challenges and opportunities


- Apply higher-level strategic thinking and influencing skills
- Navigate complexity, manage change, risk and opportunity
- Identify and manage dilemmas in an ever-changing and unpredictable environment
- Understand the critical success factors for policy implementation


  • Carolyn Page


    The Clear English Company
  • Rob Richards




Leading policy change and laying the groundwork for successful implementation
Manage risk in the dynamic policy landscape
Senior Policy Officers Intensive

25 Aug - 26 Aug


Creating the preconditions for success

- Strategic and contextual analysis - Establish the need for new policy or policy change

- Anticipate and identify the preconditions for success and the stages of policy ‘maturation’

- Complex or just complicated - Understanding the interdependency of policy activity

- Identify critical knowledge gaps that need to be filled

Leading policy development - Community and communication

- Build a ‘policy community’ in your team and/or agency

- Identify key players and potential policy champions internally and externally

- Successfully facilitate robust policy conversations

- Frame (and re-frame) policy ideas to improve policy reception


It’s all related - Interdependent policy success

- ‘Interrupting’ and challenging existing policy paradigms

- Responding to policy opportunity

- Unintended and perverse outcomes of policy

- Managing unexpected policy requests and tight timeframes

  • Carolyn Page Director The Clear English Company


Understand and plan for uncertainty and risk

- Understand uncertainty and risk

- Explore the sources of risk

- Know how uncertainty and risk can be embedded in good project management

- Understand and apply critical thinking

Manage risk using evidence based policy

- Know the importance of asking “the right effective” questions at different stages of the policy cycle

- Understand why evidence is important in public policy

- Know how to recognise untrustworthy information

- Develop your teams capacity to effectively use evidence


Cognitive biases in managing risk analysis

- What are cognitive biases?

- How can you deal with cognitive biases?

- Conducting a policy pre-mortem


Manage risk with advanced policy logic applications

- Surfacing assumptions, risk and evidence on your logic models

  • Rob Richards Director Evidentiary



Cliftons Sydney

Level 13, 60 Margaret St, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

+61 2 9250 0999

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