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.
Following the successful completion of the course, attendees will have acquired knowledge and developed skills and techniques which will give them the ability to perform better in this complex and demanding field.
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
- 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.
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.