The Strategic Policy Maker’s Toolkit: Two-Day Training Seminar

19 October 2021


This is a two-day training seminar, delivered live and remotely on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st October.

To succeed, governments and the officials supporting them need to understand how to make good decisions using the best available evidence. They need to choose options that can be delivered effectively. This is what policy-making is all about.

This event is designed to equip officials with a strong understanding of the stages of effective policy making and the skills to deliver successful policy. The insights this event will provide, will improve your policy making wherever you are across the world. The event will be facilitated by a policy-making expert who has a very wide range of policy experience and who was worked with organisations across the world.

This event provides two days of practical training, providing a comprehensive guide to policy-making for practitioners.

The event will be very interactive, with a mixture of facilitated discussion and exercises that will provide practical insights.

Who should attend and why?

This live virtual event is designed for officials at all levels of seniority and experience. Attend if you want to improve your ability to design and delivery policy, to widen your range of career options in government, and to be able to lead policy teams more effectively.

How will you benefit from attending?

All civil servants and staff in wider public sector organisations involved in the policy cycle who want to develop their understanding of policy-making, and to improve their ability to design world-class policy solution, will benefit from participating in this live virtual training seminar.

Learning Outcomes

By attending this event you will:

  • Be able to design and deliver policy that is genuinely strategic
  • 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
  • Know to how to identify and manage policy risks
  • Be able to integrate cutting-edge psychological insights into your policy making
  • Have a framework for monitoring and evaluating policy impacts and be able to adapt accordingly


Day One Tuesday 19th October
Day Two Thursday 21st October
Times on the Agenda are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Start time in EST (Eastern Standard Time): 07:00. Finish time 13:00
Start time in BST (British Summer Time): 13:00. Finish time 19:00

Day One Tuesday 19th October

12:00 Session One
Strategy Skills

Approaches to strategy
Structured strategic thinking
People management
Organisational culture and structures
Understanding how to deliver practical policy
Strategic route maps and project planning

13:30 Session Two
Building Objectives into Policy Formulation
Delivery focused policy development
Results focused approaches to policy design
Facilitated delegate discussion

15:00 Lunch

16:00 Session Three
Option Creation and Option Appraisal

The range of possible policy options and delivery models
Skills, tools and techniques
Analysis and use of evidence
Communicating recommendations and briefing different stakeholders
Discussion of delegates’ experiences

17:00 Session Four
Risk Assessment

Principles and best practice
Practicalities and learning from experience
Innovation, creativity and risk aversion
Impact assessments
Delegates’ input

18:00 Close

Day Two Thursday 21st October

12:00 Session Five
Cost Benefit Analysis

What, why and how?
What is affordable, what cost inaction? VFM and other measures
Discussion of delegates’ experiences

13:30 Session Six
Embedding Psychology and Behavioural Insights into Policy Design

Policies are for people – they won’t work without understanding how people behave
Factoring behaviour into the early stages of policy option appraisal and design
Influencing, modifying or changing behaviour through policy interventions – case studies and the limits of the possible
Collaboration and enforcement pyramids
Discussion of delegate input

15:00 Lunch

16:00 Session Seven
Making Strategic Decisions

Processes for objective and informed decision making
Focus on delivery, practicality, achievability – decisions beyond the evidence base
Involving the frontline in decisions
Assessing effectiveness and delivering objectives
Acceptability and political awareness
Facilitated delegate discussion

17:00 Session Eight
Monitoring and Evaluation

Evaluating an (ideally) virtuous circle
Objectives, inputs, outputs, outcomes, delivery, impact, objectives
Adaptability – how to modify policies if the circle is not virtuous – practicalities, resistance, cost, communications
Final discussion session

18:00 Close

Our training seminars are based on

  • A vast reservoir of knowledge about effective, delivery-focused approaches that are designed to enable you to achieve better results in your place of work
  • Expert practitioner and thought-leader experience, covering a comprehensive range of practical knowledge and people skills, to help you to work more productively
  • International perspectives and experience, enabling transferability and applicability wherever in the world you are from

Our training team

  • Our L&D team have all had successful careers as practitioners in their fields of expertise. They bring their experience, knowledge and skills to support the professional development of other public servants
  • Our team all now work as professional trainers, blending practitioner experience with professionally designed L&D solutions
  • Between them, our team have provided training for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our training ethos

  • We deliver people-focused training designed to help you perform better
  • We provide practical insights, based on years of experience about what works, combined with practical methods to help you to make it work effectively in your own organisation
  • We are here to help you to perform better


The Price of attending this live two-day Virtual Training Seminar is:
CAD 1,380 per person
EUR 920 per person
GBP 800 per person
USD 1,100 per person

Please contact us for details of discounts for group bookings, or to arrange a conversation with a member of our training team to discuss in-house delivery options, including tailoring the day’s training to your specific needs.
You can email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.