About our Certificate in Policy Development

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 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.

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

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.

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.

This course is endorsed by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). Attendees will receive an ICM continuing professional development (CPD) certificate on successful completion of the course, including a single assignment to be completed after the taught aspect of the course has ended.

Your Trainers

Tom Ferris is an independent consultant economist specialising in public sector governance, better regulation and transport economics. He writes regularly for Public Affairs Ireland, and was previously the Senior Economist in the Department of Transport until February 2006. Since then, he has undertaken consultancy projects for the World Bank, the OECD, and a number of private sector companies. Tom is also an occasional lecturer in public sector economics at NUI Galway, University College Cork, and Public Affairs Ireland, and holds an MA in Economics from University College Dublin, and a Fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Jim Power is a graduate of University College Dublin. He has worked as Chief Economist and an economic advisor to the Friends First Group. He previously worked as Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group and Treasury Economist at AIB Group. He teaches Business Economics on the Executive and Full-Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. Jim is a board member of Agri-Aware, a food awareness body, and Chairperson of Love Irish Food. He is the editor of the Friends First Quarterly Economic Outlook, which has established itself as one of Ireland’s leading commentaries on the Irish economy. He conducts economic and financial consultancy projects both in Ireland and overseas.

Ronnie O’Toole is a Partner with Indecon Economic Consultants, and an expert in the analysis of public policy. He joined Indecon from the Department of Finance/ Central Bank of Ireland where he headed the National Payments Plan. In his earlier career, Ronnie was Chief Economist with Danske Bank and prior to that worked as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Irish Government’s policy and research agency Forfás. With Forfás he worked on quantitative analysis of the impact of Trade, Investment and Productivity in Ireland, and advised the National Competitiveness Council. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Trinity College.

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