Policy Advisors & The New Public Sector Workforce

Policy Advisors & The New Public Sector Workforce

Advisory services are not recent invention. Today the decision-makers have many various sources of advice: technocratic and political, internal and external, private and non-governmental, local or international. In most systems, legislators and administrators supplement internal advice with various forms of external assistance, primarily paid advisors. The main reasons for this are:

  • The complex and specialized nature of modern policy, which means that the government often does not have all the knowledge and specialized expertise internally, and must rely on outside sources.
  • The continuing pressure on governments to reduce the size of the administration to save resources (such as analytical and research resources) leads administrative organizations to seek alternative sources of information and advice.
  • The focus of policy and legislation efforts shifts over time from one area to another. This means that policy workload is uneven within institutions, as is the need for resources.
The programme is designed to transfer important skills in improved governance and public sector reform. Furthermore, it is ideally suited for Political officials, chiefs of staff, special advisers to senior public sector officials, government advisors & staff to opposition & minority parties

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of a policy making process
  • Identify specific skills needed in their work
  • Understand the historical & legal background for ministerial offices, duties and responsibilities of key areas of engagement
  • Comprehend the relationship between ministerial offices and the public service the issues & stakeholder management
  • Share experiences

Course Outline

(Start Date: 22nd – 26th April 2024, Rotterdam)

  • The Policy Process
  • The Policy Cycle
  • The Process of Advising
  • Cyclical Nature of Government Decision-Making
  • Problem Solving Nature of Policy Making
  • Description of the Policy & Legislation Cycle
  • Art of Policy Negotiation
  • Role of the Public Service
  • Information Gathering
  • Implementation of Public Policy
  • Role Play: Needs Assessment
  • Skills of a Good Advisor
  • Development of Appropriate Advisory Skills
  • Problem Definition & Structuring
  • Policy Adoption
  • Forecasting & Evaluation
  • Role of the Elected Member’s Office
  • Relationship between Policy Making and Political Campaigning

Course Fees

1 Week – $5800

2 Weeks – $7750

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