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Successful policy implementation is crucial to deliver the key objectives of any new policy. Inability to successfully deliver policy can waste precious time and resources; and will be unable to affect the desired changes set out through policy creation.

Drawing on current examples, our Ensuring Effective Policy Implementation course explores the key elements of successful policy implementation and delivery, common pitfalls to avoid and the necessary tools to ensure policies achieve their desired outcomes.

Understand the benefits of effective stakeholder engagement and appreciate the role of monitoring and evaluation in successful implementation.

Leave the day knowing how to write an effective delivery plan to take back to your organisation, ensuring you are fully equipped to implement policy effectively upon your return.

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Dr Philip Davies
Impact Assessment Expert - Oxford Evidentia

Dr Davies is a trainer to the original Green and the Magenta books – the core guidance for those in Government writing and evaluating impact assessments.

From 2000-2007, Dr Davies was a senior civil servant in the UK Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, responsible for policy evaluation and analysis. Before joining the Cabinet Office Dr Davies was a University Lecturer in Social and Political Science at the University of Oxford, and he has held academic positions at the University of Aberdeen and the University of California, San Diego.

Before joining the UK Cabinet Office in November 2000, ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Establish how a policy or programme is supposed to work
  • Examine how to apply learned skills practically and develop a delivery plan to use on return to work
  • Learn how to engage meaningfully with key stakeholders
  • Recognise best practice for policy implementation and learn how to replicate this within your role
  • Draw upon what has worked successfully elsewhere
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Implementation and Delivery - Why They Are Important

  • Economic appraisal
  • The need for good evidence
  • Understanding policy objectives
  • Implementation and the policy process
  • Identifying effective and ineffective policies
10:30 - 11:15

What Is the Problem?

  • Case Study
  • Who does the problem affect?
  • Using data sources to understand the problem
  • What have been the problems of delivery in the past?
  • Understand the nature, magnitude and causes of the problem
  • Whose problem is it? Who is best placed to resolve the problem?
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:00

Stakeholder Involvement and Engagement

  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • The importance of stakeholder involvement
  • Group exercise: Using a Power and Interest matrix
  • Principles and methods of stakeholder involvement
  • The role of governance and establishing accountability
  • Assigning the best people for the job of implementation
  • The importance of effective communication and clarity of language
12:00 - 13:00

Establishing a Theory of Change

  • Group exercise
  • What are we trying to achieve?
  • Testing underlying assumptions
  • How is a policy supposed to work?
  • What does the causal chain look like?
  • From inputs to outcomes via activities, agencies and outputs
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Monitoring, Evidencing and Evaluating

  • Developing indicators
  • Undertaking a delivery review
  • Learn how to evidence policy
  • Developing delivery and using trajectories
  • Case Study: Improving the health status of the UK
  • The difference between monitoring and evaluation
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:15 - 16:00

Workshop: Writing an Implementation and Delivery Plan

  • What goes into a delivery plan
  • Administrative aspects of delivery
  • Levels of responsibility for implementation and delivery
  • Two real life case studies of past policy implementation:
    • Improving School Attainment in Mathematics
    • Reducing hospital waiting lists
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close