Are you interested in partnering with Apolitical on a workshop or online course? Then we’d love to talk to you!
Apolitical is the global peer-to-peer learning platform for government. It’s where public servants go to find innovative policy ideas and connect with a global network of peers and experts in more than 170 countries.
Apolitical works with government departments, teams and civil society organisations to co-create learning resources for public servants for free. As our network has grown, so has our capacity to collaborate with others and offer bespoke learning experiences to groups of public servants and policymakers.
We are looking to expand the work we do alongside those in government, civil society and academia and collaborate on two main types of learning experience: online workshops and online courses (which we commonly refer to as boot camps).
Are you interested in collaborating with us? If so please fill out the form below and someone will get in touch with you.
Why would my team want to co-create or work with Apolitical?
By co-creating learning resources with Apolitical, partners can help those in their network reach their full potential by tailoring learning to their specific needs.
Partners can also increase the impact of their existing work and learning materials by reaching our audience of tens of thousands of public servants all over the world. Some of our recent collaborations have had over 5000 participants!
How much will this cost me?
Nothing. All of our co-created resources are created with no cost to our partners, and are available for free for public servants and policymakers.
Am I a suitable partner for collaboration?
We’re enthusiastic to work with any partners that have any or all of the following:
- A specific audience or network you’d like to reach with an online training.
- Resources you would like to share with a wider audience.
- An enthusiasm to share your insights and experiences on a certain subject or skill as a speaker.
Does this involve a lot of work?
Our collaborations are designed to be as low lift as possible. We know how busy public servants and policymakers are! Of course this differs with every partnership – but it can range from a few hours of work to something more substantial. For online courses we’ll often be able to repackage existing content you already have. We take care of the creation and delivery of the content. For online workshops we usually just need an hour and a half of time for each speaker. Once everything is set up, all you need to do is spread the word!
Who have you worked with in the past?
- Policy Community Partnership Office, ‘The Public Servant’s Guide to Policy: An Online Boot Camp on Integrated Policy’. This boot camp was created for Canadian public servants from 30 different government departments. The boot camp has now been run twice.
- UN Innovation Network, ‘How to Work Remotely, Through COVID & Beyond’. This boot camp shared best practices for working remotely in the UN and offered optional live sessions.
- Open Government Partnership, ‘How to respond to COVID-19 through open government’. This workshop featured speakers from the US, Germany, Argentina, South Korea and the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark
- SDSN TReNDS, ‘How to use and share data for the public good’. This workshop was put on in partnership with SDSN TReNDS as part of its Contracts for Data Collaboration initiative and taught public servants how to share, access, and use data for the public good.
For a full list of all the partners we’ve worked with see below.
What is an online course?
An online course/boot camp is a series of emails that include resources from both Apolitical and our partners, broken down into a bite-sized, easily digestible, interactive format usually lasting 6-8 weeks.
What is an online workshop?
An online workshop is an interactive workshop held online, using Zoom. Workshops can take many forms including lightning talks, moderated Q&As and panel discussions.
Have any further questions?
Past partners we’ve worked with:
- Canada School of Public Service’s Digital Academy, How to be digital in the Canadian public service.
A six week email boot camp for Canadian public servants on how to apply a digital mindset to your work as a public servant. This boot camp has run twice with almost 10,000 public servants registered in total.
- Ontario Digital Service, Continue being digital in the Canadian public service: Culture.
The first of a four-part boot camp which continues the learnings from the first digital boot camp.
- Open Government Partnership, How to respond to COVID-19 through open government.
A workshop on how to use open government practices to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand. This workshop was translated into French, Spanish and Korean.
- Laboratorio de Gobierno, Chile, a four-part workshop series on innovation in the public sector exclusively in Spanish.
- Policy Ignite, How to Tackle a Wicked Problem and The Secret Sauce to Innovation in Government.
Two workshops adapted from talks given as part of the Forward50 conference.
- SDSN TReNDS, How to use and share data for the public good.
This workshop was put on as part of SDSN TReNDS’ Contracts for Data Collaboration initiative and taught public servants how to share, access, and use data for the public good.
- Policy Community Partnership Office, The Public Servant’s Guide to Policy: An Online Boot Camp on Integrated Policy.
A boot camp which translated an in-class offering for Canadian public servants from 30 different government departments. A 2.0 version was also run.
- One Team Gov UK, a three-part workshop series on leadership.
- UN Innovation Network, How to Work Remotely, Through COVID & Beyond.
This boot camp shared best practices for working remotely in the UN and offered optional live sessions.
- Bloomberg Philanthropies, Inspiring public sector innovations during Covid-19.
A workshop on the key lessons learnt from experienced innovators to help public servants build back better.
- Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Local Digital Collaboration Unit, Embracing remote work: A boot camp for Local Government.
A boot camp on developing remote working skills, tailored specifically for the challenges facing public servants in local government.
- CAF, Latin American Development Bank, GovTech and the future of government.
A workshop on what GovTech is, and how it is being used in government. The workshop was run once in English and again in Spanish.
- Care View, How to design digital social care services that work: Through Covid and beyond.
A workshop on how to deliver essential services when you can’t meet with people face to face.
- ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Cities and Climate Action: A Race-to-Zero Email Boot Camp.
A boot camp which accompanied Daring Cities 2020, a three-week virtual forum for urban leaders taking on the climate emergency.
- C40 Cities, How a pandemic can help us build back green.
A boot camp on how government can plan and implement a green and just recovery based on a newly released report.
- NSW Public Service Commission, How to help your team ‘build back better’: A boot camp on flexible working.
A boot camp on how to adjust to remote working and build back better in the workplace.
- Sustainable Living Lab, Master collaborative meetings with virtual tools: A hands-on workshop on Mural, Miro and Jamboard.
An interactive workshop on how to use virtual collaboration tools.
- Nesta Sparks and their Innovation Growth Lab and NASA’s Ames Research Center, How to tackle inequality through experimentation.
A workshop how to use basic experimentation and apply it to champion diversity, inclusion and equality.
- ideas42, How behavioural science can make government more effective.
A workshop on how behavioural science solutions can be employed to tackle a wide range of problems faced by governments.
- SDNS TReNDS, How to use data to ‘build back better’ post-Covid-19.
A workshop with practitioners from Canada, South Africa, Columbia, France and US on how to best use data to inform recovery efforts and implement effective strategies.
- Statistics Canada, Data Literacy: An Online Boot Camp with Statistics Canada.
An introductory level boot camp designed to introduce public servants to a wide range of skills needed to use data effectively in government. Also ran in French.
- Argüden Governance Academy, How to improve governance cultures and practices.
A workshop on how to use data to map, measure and improve governance cultures and practices.
- Centre for Public Impact, How to engage the public around climate change.
A workshop on the Centre for Public Impact and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s groundbreaking new research, Public Engagement around Climate Change.
- LA-BORA! gov, Teambuilding exercises for fostering creativity and innovation.
An interactive workshop on how to run games and icebreakers for your team.
- UN Women, How to improve governance cultures and practices.
A four-week introductory boot camp covering the fundamentals of the women, peace and security agenda.
- Southwark Council’s Project Management Network, Project management skills 101.
A five-week practical boot camp on how to get started with project management skills in the public service.
- Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Effective communication for public policy delivery.
A workshop on why behaviour change communication is one of the key levers of public policy delivery alongside legislation, and how to use it.
- Civil Service English Skills Network, How to improve governance cultures and practices.
A workshop with experienced public servants and HR professionals on how to write a clear and concise job application.
- Agora Innovation Network, the Federal Youth Network and Young Professionals Networks, The career accelerator boot camp.
A practical boot camp on how to take the next step in your public service career. Also ran in French.
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