Decision makers are continually confronted with choice making in organizational settings to either effect change or adapt to change. This training module is oriented toward skill development in, and practice of, decision and policy making. The module is designed for practitioners of decision / policy making at different scales of organization and in varying contexts. The participants are introduced to the fundamentals of policy and institutional analysis in the public, private, and non-profit sector organizations. The participants will gain in-depth appreciation of different methods, theories, and practical tools to deconstruct complex policy choice problems and to identify and evaluate viable policy alternatives.
By the end of this training workshop the participants will:
- Understand the various ways in which policy problems can be framed
- Be capable of applying a systemic perspective to policy problem solving, and
- Be capable of analytic reasoning and communication.
The participants will be introduced to the main case-based theoretical models for problem definition, design of policy alternatives, and process and outcome assessment. While participants will become technically equipped, they are also encouraged to develop a sense of humility about the limits of their tools and the relative adequacy or inadequacy of alternative models for decision making. Most importantly, the participants will learn how to communicate their expertise concisely and convincingly. Case studies will be used to illustrate how decisions are made in practice. The contents of this module are preparations for the training module on Advocacy.
The module is delivered in three 3-hour sessions as outlined below.
The participants are introduced to three basic models (Sabatier and Jenkins-Smith, Kingdon, and Ostrom) for policy analysis in an interactive environment. This session concludes with the identification of a series of policy situations (as experienced by the participants) to be used as case studies in Session Two.
The participants are divided into groups of between five to ten persons each and asked to work through the cases identified in Session One. Throughout the group discussions the instructors will move from group to group to ensure that the discussions are on track and based on the key elements for policy analysis introduced in Session One. At the end of this session each group representative will make a short presentation about the main findings from their group’s discussions. The groups are then assigned to work as a team and prepare a case presentation based on their findings for the final, third session.
The group representatives will make their presentations of around 15 minutes each with sufficient time for comments, questions, or other feedback from the other participants. After the presentations the instructors will sum up the discussions to highlight the key lessons from applied policy analysis. The session concludes with a brief question and answer period.
The participants who attend all three sessions will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
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