Wednesday, January 29, 2020

february, 2020

03feb(feb 3)9:30 am10apr(apr 10)3:00 pm20 WEEK PUBLIC POLICY 101 COURSEWellington, NZ

Event Details

Praxeum NZ


Key notes

  • This 20 week Public Policy 101 course may be for you if you want hands-on advice and experience across the policy cycle – and across analysis, advice (writing), process and people – because you:

                  1. Are already a policy analyst but want to boost your career.
                  2. Work in Government in another discipline such as research or law but are looking for a career change.
                  3. Are a policy analyst thinking of jumping into the world of contract work and want broader coverage.
                  4. Are a young professional looking for an early edge.

  • Run by a policy practitioner with 30 years experience; 20 of these as a contractor.
  • Available twice a year. Venue: central Wellington, close to Parliament.
  • Work in a tutorial-like setting with a small group of no more than 10 people.
  • All sessions peppered with real life examples, war stories and lessons learned the hard way.
  • Homework expected. Participants can bring their own material to work on, if not confidential. 
  • Build a portfolio of material. Chat room available for each course, and participants are invited in to talk.
  • Each course will be slightly different to cater for specific areas of interest and need.
  • Certificate on completion.
  • $3,500 plus GST per person including venue.


20 week programme

Learning outcomes

Week 1: Understand:

  • The policy cycle.
  • Why you are working in policy or want to work in policy.
  • Which components of policy attract you the most and why.

Weeks 2 & 3: Understand:

  • The Machinery of Government (MoG).
  • The interface between policy and legislation/regulatory frameworks.
  • How to plan your policy project and take into account MoG requirements.
Weeks 4 to 6: Understand how to consider all aspects of a problem definition, gap analysis, research, constraints and context. Start to develop intervention logic and understand the power of modelling.
Weeks 7 to 9: Understand policy methodologies and how to develop policy options.
Consider intervention logic, supply and demand, the regulatory continuum, using a regulatory impact assessment (RIS) approach and more. Develop options with Treaty, te ao Māori, gender and cultural competency frameworks front and centre.
 Weeks 10 to 12: Understand how to evaluate policy options.
We will cover SWOT, evaluation criteria, exogenous effects, human behaviour, price and income elasticities, unintended consequences, who/what is impacted, cost benefit modelling, types of efficiency and more. Evaluate options with Treaty, te ao Māori, gender and cultural competency frameworks front and centre.
Weeks 13 to 15: Understand the role of regulatory policy, the importance of not ‘setting and forgetting’, how to prevent regulatory failure, and when and how to do cost recovery.
Weeks 16 & 17: Understand ways to influence and persuade the audience of your policy work. Learn some tips and tricks of writing to persuade. Look at the different ways in which you influence and persuade – e.g. issues and options papers, think pieces, briefings, Cabinet papers, RIS, CRIS, budget bids and business cases – and when to use them.
Week 18: Understand the difficult environment of people that is policy analysis, policy advice, the policy process, the public sector, and the government.
Weeks 19 & 20: Use all of the tools you have learned and write a compelling paper for managers and Ministers. Review your work using the Policy Quality Framework developed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

Course 2020.1 – Booking needs to be paid for by 20 December 2019.

  • 3 February to 10 April (10 weeks).
  • 13 April to 17 April (break).
  • 20 April to 26 June (10 weeks).

No course –

  • 29 June to 17 July.

Course 2020.2 –

  • 20 July to 25 September (10 weeks).
  • 28 September to 2 October (break).
  • 5 October to 11 December (10 weeks).


Website Link


ANGELA YEOMAN Managing Director

[email protected]

027 281 2380


February 3 (Monday) 9:30 am - April 10 (Friday) 3:00 pm


Wellington, NZ