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.