The Public Servant’s Guide to Policy

An Online Boot Camp on Integrated Policy

Free 💸 | Exclusive for Canadian Public Servants and Policy Practitioners 🇨🇦 | Begins 9th July 📅

A Collaboration Between Apolitical and the Policy Community Partnership Office

Boot camp essentials:

You’ll be guided through seven bite-sized lessons delivered via email which will include videos, presentations and articles as well as other hands-on activities and resources.

  • Boot camp starts: Thursday, July 9, 2020
  • Length of boot camp: 7 lessons, 2 weekly lessons over 4 weeks ending July 30th
  • Lessons include: Up to 20 minutes of required activities and 1 hour+ of recommended tasks, resources and interactive exercises
  • Your time commitment: A maximum of 20 minutes per lesson to earn a certificate of completion
  • Target audience: New and seasoned policy practitioners
  • Price: Free!

You’ll also have the opportunity to join a live session where you can connect with others taking the boot camp and learn from each other. At the end of the boot camp – as long as you complete all the required activities – you’ll receive a certificate of completion.

Why Join:

As policy practitioners, you are crucial players in shaping policy. For effective policy, it is essential that everyone involved in the process works together and understands the role they play. However, too often policy professionals find themselves hindered by siloed ways of working.

This boot camp will expose you to different techniques and methods for each stage of the policy process and introduce an innovative way of doing policy through an ‘integrated’ approach.

From identifying the problem at hand, to developing and applying solutions and finally, evaluating their success, this boot camp will help you develop and deliver policy that works.

Over this 4-week boot camp, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to utilise an integrated approach to policy that brings together different departments and functions within government.

Apolitical is delighted to offer this beta boot camp in partnership with the Policy Community Partnership Office, in the Government of Canada. This is an exciting opportunity for registrants to play an active role in shaping the future of this boot camp and contribute resources and materials to help fellow public servants.

What you’ll cover:

  • An introduction to the different stages of the policy process
  • How to use innovative methods and approaches for developing, implementing, and evaluating policy
  • How to break out of silos by approaching policy making in an integrated way
  • How to apply what you’ve learned to real-world examples and your own experience

Lesson plan:

Lesson 1: An introduction to policy and an ‘integrated’ approach
Lesson 2: Identifying the ‘real’ problem
Lesson 3: How to formulate policy options
Lesson 4: Giving advice and getting approval for your policy
Lesson 5: Designing and planning your policy
Lesson 6: How to implement your policy and evaluate its success
Lesson 7: Applying what you’ve learned

Who should register:

New to government or government policy – Is it your first time working in policy in government? This boot camp will familiarise you with the different stages of the policy making process, help you understand your role within it and introduce you to different approaches and methods.

Seasoned policy maker – Have you been working in policy for several years? This boot camp will expose you to a variety of different approaches and methods that will allow you to think about policy making in a new way.

The beta version of this boot camp is open to public servants in the Government of Canada working in these departments that generously support the Policy Community. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the boot camp.

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