NEW!!!  NPSIA-PT&D’s Practical Certificate in Policy Skills is a 1-day workshop, offered over 2-consecutive morning sessions, that provides participants with an introduction to concepts and tools used to analyze the various stages of the public policy process.

Facilitated by Dr. Brian Tomlin, participants will acquire an understanding of the public policy process while developing policy skills through the use of an applied problem-solving framework that can be employed to support public policy development, policy planning and government decision-making. The application of this framework will be illustrated through the analysis of some of Canada’s international policies.

Dates: Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Location:  online via video-conferencing and file-sharing
Time: 9 AM to 12:00 PM EST daily
Parking:  NA
Fee: $ 750 + HST
Note. NPSIA and NPSIA-PT&D alumni along with members of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association may register at the alumni rate of $ 725 + HST.

What you will Learn:

  • Understand Public Policy as a process of phases that include development, planning, decision-making and execution.
  • Learn how to approach the Public Policy process from a problem-solving perspective along with other considerations for inclusion in a policy agenda.
  • Critically identify the cause or nature of the public problem, identify key objectives that would need to be achieved to address the problem, and identify the various alternative solutions and policy instruments that are available to address the problem.
  • Identify criteria for the assessment of the efficacy of each alternative solution, assess alternative solutions, and identifying the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.
  • Introduction to matrix analysis – how to compare alternative solutions and assess how well each satisfies the various objectives that need to be achieved.

Who should attend?

The workshop is designed for junior and mid-level International and/or Public Affairs professionals who are, or wish to become, involved in policy management; representatives of the private and non-profit sectors whose work touches on Canada’s international relations; and individual consultants and others interested in increasing their understanding of policy analysis and planning.

Featured trainer:  Brian Tomlin

Brian Tomlin is Professor Emeritus of The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.  He also served as Chair of the Centre for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton and the University of Ottawa, Editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy journal, and Senior Academic Advisor at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada). He has written extensively on international bargaining and negotiation, public policy analysis, and Canada’s international policies.