Policy Design – Four-Day Training Course

This is an in-house and an open programme seminar. For details or to discuss any aspect of the seminar, please email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

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Policy Design – Four-Day Training Course

Day One Futures, Foresight and Horizon Scanning
Day Two Analysis and Use of Evidence
Day Three An A-Z of Policy

Day Four Monitoring and Evaluation Essentials


There are a number of highly effective tools that can be used to improve the robustness of your policy planning and development. This event covers the essentials that every policy maker needs. It addresses the development of the whole policy cycle: rationale, objectives, appraisal of options, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and taking forward lessons learned into the design of future policies.

Who is the seminar designed for?

This course is designed for policy-makers at all levels, both those new to policy and those looking to develop their skills further. The intention of the course is to equip you with a set of tools for designing policies that achieve their intended outcomes and help you understand how to apply the tools to your policy work. As such it is designed for people working at all stages of the policy cycle who wish to ensure that their policies are strategic, robust and future-proof, mitigating risk and enabling the development of more impactful policy interventions.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will learn a range of tools and approaches to enable you to develop more effective and resilient policies that can be successfully implemented. The training will empower you to improve your policy’s strategic quality, as well as its likelihood of meeting your goals to deliver successful outcomes. It will also help you to present a policy proposal more effectively to different audiences.

Learning objectives

As a result of participating in this highly interactive four-day training, you will:

  • Be able to gain insights into the potential future threats and opportunities that could arise in any policy area
  • Understand the different types of evidence that may inform your policy design
  • Explore how to present the results of analysis of evidence
  • Understand the key stages in the policy cycle – from design to implementation to evaluation and beyond
  • Understand the factors that make the difference between policy that works and policy that fails
  • Be able to choose between the wide range of possible options for achieving government policy objectives
  • Have a framework for monitoring and evaluating policy impacts and be able to adapt accordingly.

Day One Futures, Foresight and Horizon Scanning

Introductions and Aim of Day

Session One Understanding Horizon Scanning

  • Why looking ahead matters and how it supports strategic thinking
  • How horizon scanning fits into the policy cycle
  • Who to involve?
  • Different business needs and the different approaches that can be used


Session Two Using PESTLE / STEEPLE

  • Understanding Driver Mapping
  • Exercise -using PESTLE/ STEEPLE to identify drivers that are opportunities and/ or threats
  • How to prioritise future opportunities and threats for action (taking into account organisational strengths and weaknesses)
  • The range of possible strategic policy options for responding to opportunities and threats

Long Break

Session Three Scenario Planning

  • The impact of uncertainty on achieving objectives, scenarios and how this relates to risk management
  • Trends analysis and scenario planning compared
  • Scenario creation exercise
  • Considering combinations of scenarios
  • Analysing the opportunities and threats in different scenarios
  • Using scenarios for stress testing

End of Day Wrap-Up

  • Further questions

Close of Day

Day Two Analysis and Use of Evidence

Introductions, Approach and Structure of the Day

Session One – Evidence and How Best to Analyse It

  • Identifying and defining different types of evidence
  • What constitutes useful evidence?
  • Getting to the root of the problem
  • Knowing what matters to decision makers
  • Analysing costs, benefits and risks of different options
  • Analysis and evaluation

Short Break

Session Two – Pitfalls in Analysis

  • Working with uncertainty
  • The danger of not establishing clear decision criteria
  • The danger of not thinking systemically
  • Cognitive biases (e.g. confirmation bias) and analysis
  • Using alternative scenarios properly
  • Tools and techniques for overcoming the impact of biases

Long Break

Session Three – Presenting Evidence

  • Different ways of presenting evidence and analysis
  • The power of context
  • Summarising the thought process clearly
  • Preparing material and data to present to different audiences
  • Embracing challenge from stakeholders

End of Day Wrap-Up

  • Further questions

Close of Day

Day Three An A-Z of Policy

Introductions and Overview of Sessions

Session One Problem Definition and Goal-Setting

  • Strategy and policy – what is the difference?
  • Understanding the problem or opportunity that the policy will address
  • Making the business case for government intervention (e.g. market failure, issues of equity and fairness, addressing risks to public etc.)
  • Creating outcome-focused policy goals
  • Ensuring strategic alignment between policies


Session Two Option Creation and Option Appraisal

  • The range of possible policy options
  • Creativity and innovation
  • The Better Regulation agenda
  • Impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis
  • The Five Case Model and the criteria for choosing the best option
  • Gathering evidence from stakeholders (including service users and all affected by proposed policy)
  • Involving the front-line in policy design

Long Break

Session Three Policy Implementation

  • Focusing effort and making strategic choices that support implementation
  • Project management and benefits realisation
  • Managing the “Delivery Chains”
  • Managing delivery risk
  • Change management
  • Involving the front-line and service users in policy implementation planning

End of Day Wrap-Up

  • Further questions

Close of Day

Day Four Monitoring and Evaluation Essentials

Session One Context and Unintended Consequences

  • Establishing what would happen without our policy/ project intervention
  • Involving the right people in the right ways – including partner organisations, intended beneficiaries, and those in the front-line of delivery – to anticipate possible unintended consequences
  • Might we create unintended incentives through our approach to monitoring and evaluation?


Session Two Monitoring

  • Establishing accountabilities
  • Monitoring what matters to the community, not just the easily measurable
  • Synergy in monitoring
  • Streamlining monitoring

Long Break

Session Three Evaluation and Improvement

  • Involving the right people and institutions in evaluation
  • Evaluating lessons learned
  • Sharing the lesson learned
  • Adapting as needed
  • Learning and improving as the context changes

Final Questions and Discussion

Close of the Course

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This is an in-house and an open programme seminar. For details or to discuss any aspect of the seminar, please email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.