ICM Certificate in Policy Development, Legislative Drafting and Delivery

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Please note: Day 1 of this programme will take place in person in a Dublin 2 venue to allow for additional engagement and initial peer learning. The subsequent two days will be delivered online.



Course Overview

The development of public policy is a key responsibility of the Government and remains a key focus for all public servants. In recent years, policy development has embraced new more inclusive approaches, with an increased emphasis on consultation with key stakeholders and some internet based consultation processes for draft legislation. With the introduction of Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA), policy development has become a more focused and effective process.

However, while more inclusive, the process of developing policy in key areas and drafting legislation to give effect to policy proposals remains a complex and time consuming activity for public servants. Understanding and bringing legislation through the legislative process can be a daunting prospect for officials. Legislation gives effect to government policies and it remains a constant challenge to ensure that legislation achieves the purpose and objective behind its introduction – it must also be accessible, effective and robust. The legislative process in Ireland can appear to be a complex maze of procedures and formalities, which can be difficult to understand, but essential for public servants to accommodate and manage.

This online certificate provides practical guidance and background knowledge, to enable participants to grasp and understand policy development and delivery.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants will know:

• How policy is developed;
• Best practice and latest techniques for policy development;
• About the preparation and drafting of legislation; and
• How the legislative process works.


Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at public servants involved in developing and delivering policy, from initial research to implementation and evaluation, who want to find ways to improve their own and their organisation’s policy-making and delivery skills.

The course will be of direct relevance to those working in Government Departments and in the Public Service generally who are involved in the development of policy for their organisation and its effective enactment into legislation. It will be a practical and focused training course, with contributions from a panel of speakers with expertise in policy development, legislative drafting, the conduct of the regulatory impact analysis and the legislative process.



Attendees will receive ICM Certification on successful completion of the course including attendance and coursework assessments.


Full Course Details

Title: Certificate in Policy Development, Legislative Drafting and Delivery
Dates: 7th, 14th and 21st March 2023
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm (9.30am-4.00pm on Day 2 and 3)
CPD: 14 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery
: Blended (Day 1 in person)
Fee: €1670


Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.



Multiple Delegate Discount

3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

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