This course is a practical introduction that builds the fundamental skills and knowledge required for any council work that writes reports to provide quality advice to senior leaders.

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About this event

‘Introduction to Policy Fundamentals’ is designed specifically for Taituarā members, and staff in the local government sector.

This course is a practical introduction that builds the fundamental skills and knowledge required for any council work that writes reports to provide quality advice to senior leaders. It is divided into three modules. Each module focuses on a specific step in the policy development cycle. These steps are defined as:

  • Analyse: the critical thinking required to conduct a robust analysis of a policy issue
  • Select: the selection and curation of information for decision-making purposes
  • Advise: the presentation of advice in clear, polished, plain English that is fit for purpose.

How it works

The Taituarā programme comprises 10 hours of online learning, delivered over five days via Zoom. Each module has theoretical components supported by practical activities to apply and embed learnings. There will be regular micro-breaks throughout to combat Zoom fatigue.

Emily has built a reputation as an engaging and caring facilitator, so participants can expect a safe environment to support their learning.

On completing the course, participants receive a curated selection of readings and collateral from the course exercises.

They also have the option to further their learning in specific areas of interest.

Course breakdown

Module 1: Analyse

Session name: ‘Crafting Great Analysis’

Date: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November

Time: 10 am -12 noon

The learning objectives for this module are to:

  • understand how to apply an analytical framework to different policy issues with varying complexity
  • understand how to integrate critical-thinking skills into advice for senior decision-makers
  • practise applying these skills to a policy issue.

Module 2: Select

Session name: ‘Curating a Compelling Narrative’

Date: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November

Time: 10 am -12 noon

The learning objectives for this module are to:

  • understand the process for developing a compelling narrative for decision-making purposes
  • understand the components of an effective narrative and why they are important
  • practise applying these skills to written advice in polished, plain English.

Module 3: Advise

Session name: ‘Writing for Senior Leaders’

Date: Friday 25 November

Time: 10 am -12 noon

The learning objectives for this module are to:

  • understand the features of good writing for senior leaders
  • craft clear and compelling messages that are fit for purpose and support decision making
  • provide high-quality advice that is compelling and easy to read.

Pre-course preparation

One week before the course starts, we will send out a pre-course email outlining what participants need to bring to the course – this is usually an issue that we are either currently working on, or on an issue that interests them.

Further information

Please email events@taituara.org.nz for more information about this programme.


Presenters

Emily Mason
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