Senior Policy Officers Intensive

Build policy leadership & professional skills to analyse & respond to complex public policy challenges & opportunities

  • October 9th - 11th, 2019
  • Cliftons Sydney


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- Apply higher-level strategic thinking & influencing skills
- Navigate complexity, manage change, risk & opportunity
- Assess the quality & relevance of evidence & the context for policy change
- Improve stakeholder engagement & consultation processes to improve the relevance, reception & impact of policy


Carolyn Page

Carolyn Page has led policy, evaluation and communication teams in 3 government agencies, and in 2001, in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, she pioneered the use of ‘Policy Logic’ to help policy and program teams clarify their thinking about policy development, program implementation and evaluation—an approach now used widely in Australian government, state and territory agencies. She founded the Clear English Company in 2007 and has been a regular presenter on policy and program development for Liquid Learning.

The Clear English Company

  • Rob Richards
  • Susan Garner
    Garner Willisson


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Leading policy change and laying the groundwork for successful implementation
Risk & Analysis - Manage risk in the dynamic policy landscape
Build evaluation capability for effective policy delivery
Day One

09 Oct


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

Day Two

10 Oct


Understand and plan for uncertainty and risk

- Understand the difference between 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

Day Three

11 Oct


Communicate complex public policy issues

- Strategies to engage with stakeholders during policy development and implementation

- Thinking evaluatively and focusing on the outcomes not just the problems

- Build a shared understanding about policy problems and their solutions

- Communicate evidence effectively at different stages of policy implementation

Monitor and evaluate policy implementation and outcomes 

- Understand the political nature of the policy cycle from development to implementation

- Identify intended and unintended consequences

- Application of program theory – theory of change to M&E

- Explore 5 common program archetypes

Address the key challenges of evaluating policy outcomes

- Core attributes of teams with strong evaluation capability

- Communication and negotiation skills           

- Research, data and analysis capability

- Resilience, team building and management capability

  • Susan Garner Director Garner Willisson


Cliftons Sydney

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

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