Module 18: Public Policy
"Instruction was outstanding and guest speakers provided valuable insight." - 2013 participant
Dr. Allan Tupper
University of British Columbia
Dr. Roger Palmer
October 9 - 10, 2013
January 23 - 24, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily
$990 (2 day class)
What You Will Learn:
This course is a response to the Government of Alberta’s commitment to strengthen its policy capacity and, in this respect, to make its public service the best in Canada. You will learn about policy theory; the characteristics of ‘good’ public policy; individual and organizational skills and resources required for strong public policy capacity and that public policy is a series of choices that determine ‘who gets what’. Examples are derived from many different jurisdictions including Alberta, other Canadian provinces, Canada and other countries.
- Discuss the concept of agenda setting and its impact on policy development.
- Consider the Canadian and Global context for policy development and implementation and its effects on Alberta and beyond.
- Discuss choice and consequences of different policy delivery options.
- Compare implementation models and their requirements.
- Compare strengths and weaknesses of various widely used evaluation techniques.
- Discuss ethics and values in evaluating public policy.
- Discuss the skills needed by individuals and governments in building policy capacity in the 21st century.
- Throughout the course, students will work in smaller groups whose major assignment will be the preparation of a presentation to a panel of Government of Alberta deputy ministers