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Foundations in public policy

Examine the resources policymakers use to maximise the responsiveness and effectiveness of policy processes and enhance democratic credentials. The course explores resources for measuring performance, and selecting indicators that enable the monitoring of function and the improvement of policy outputs.

About this course

The course explores resources for measuring performance, and selecting indicators that enable the monitoring of function and the improvement of policy outputs. You will learn the scientific influences on policy development and consider policy from a transnational experience. Improve policy function with mechanisms for transparency, utilise risk management strategies and use of joined-up solutions. 

Course structure

What is behavioural public policy?  Assess the risk, principles, techniques and uses of evidence in decision-making to understand how policymakers construct evidence bases and assemble alternative policy options.

This in-depth course explores areas of evaluation and learning - whether evaluation helps improve public policy and the basis on which policy evaluations are conducted. It explores ways in which policy structures generate and use knowledge regarding design, workings and impacts.

The five-day course is split into five modules of learning;

  • Evidence and constructing policy options
  • Behavioural public policy
  • Risk and crisis management
  • Target setting and measuring performance
  • Policy evaluation


Learning outcomes 

  • Conceptualise the resources available for making policy within a framework that enables policymakers to track the various influences and demands.
  • Explain the circumstances under which policy actors might search for solutions from other countries for local potential utilisation aimed at delivering innovation and optimising approaches to common challenges.
  • Conceptualise and respond to demands for policymaking to deliver coordination and coherence in terms of outputs across traditional administrative and social groupings and distinctions.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Professionals working in public policy who want to develop their capacity whether working in local government, the public sector or in NGO’s.

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