Policy Analysis Toolbox – Part 1 (P201)

How to Understand a Problem in Order to Create Policy Alternatives

Course dates listed will be delivered as live, instructor-led sessions online. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the March session.

This workshop will provide both policy analysts and subject-matter experts with some effective tools that will help them to formulate good public policy. Starting with perceptions of a problem, such as what might flow from a risk assessment, a minister’s office, or media reports, this workshop will help participants to apply an analytical framework and use tools with which they can formulate credible policy options. Policy Analysis Toolbox – Part 1 deals with problem-solving and the first part of options-identification. Policy Analysis Toolbox – Part 2 (P219) looks at assessment of options and making a recommendation.

This workshop will maximize the amount of hands-on learning through the use of case studies and group work.

This is a two-day workshop in Ottawa.

Space is still available for all course dates listed, unless otherwise noted.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the steps involved with policy analysis
  • Identify a clear problem and objective
  • Analyze the causes of the problem, leading to a series of policy and program alternatives
  • Gain simulated experience through case studies and group work

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the March session.


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Workshop Topics

Designed and delivered by a consultant with more than 20 years of experience in policy analysis, this workshop is suitable for those working with strategic or program-level policies. Workshop topics include:

  • Positioning your policy analysis within the needs of management
  • Identifying and understanding the causes of a problem
  • Risk assessment
  • Behavioural and environmental profiling
  • Identification of policy instruments

Register Online

Online registration is currently not available for this workshop. You may still register by phone or email


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the March session.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This course is designed for federal government policy analysts, program officers, and subject-matter experts of the EC-2 to EC-8 levels or equivalent, and for managers.


Does This Course Address Your Competency Development Needs?

This training workshop addresses:
• Achievement / Results Oriented
• Analytical Thinking
• Client Service
• Impact / Influence
• Innovation / Initiative
• Leadership
• Management Excellence
• Organizational Knowledge
• Planning / Organizing
• Policy Development
• Problem Solving
• Research, Analysis and Evaluation
• Risk Management and Assessment
• Strategic Thinking
• Values and Ethics
• Working with Others

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the March session.