1 x 5-day intensive workshop yearly
Admission into MPAEX-Executive Master of Public Administration
Course context

Reserved for participants of the ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program.

Topic description

This topic will be given attention to the growing complexity of policy issues and the need for government policy advisers to connect to key actors and institutions at both national and international levels. The topic builds on and extends existing models and approaches to policy analysis and advisory work, including Professor Eugene Bardach's 8-step path to successful problem solving, the Bridgman and Davis policy cycle model, and the Mayer, van Daalen and Bots policy hexagon approach. An integrated approach is discussed in DPPP which adopts a policy systems focus, applies tools and methods to analyse complex issues, and encourages a wide range of policy options to be generated.

The topic will consider the attributes of value-adding policy analysis, including strategies for enhancing policy capability and performance. The role of strategy, policy and service delivery in achieving outcomes will also be explored.

Educational aims

This topic aims to develop the capacity of students to analyse and respond to policy issues while taking into account the influences of government strategy, policy and service delivery in achieving outcomes.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of policy systems in Australia and New Zealand and their strengths and weaknesses
  2. Learn about different concepts, theories and models of policy analysis, and advising and relationships to policy practice
  3. Reflect on the role of government in society and the implications of this for public sector policy and management systems
  4. Explore different approaches to framing issues and designing policy options - drawing on various policy tools, methods and smart practices
  5. Consider the concept and assessment of 'quality' and value in policy analysis and advising
  6. Examine some contemporary policy issues and how various approaches can be applied
  7. Become more aware of the capabilities required to deliver 'value-adding' policy analysis and advice
  8. Develop insights as to how to combine analysis with judgement in policy practice
  9. Understand the importance of linking strategy, policy and service delivery to achieve high performance