Outcome Based Policy Making

This course helps individuals working in policy environments to consider current practice, benchmark performance, and identify gaps in knowledge, skill and behaviour.

From this we can then develop reforms that will help to produce more goal orientated, impactful policy decision making.

Drawing on research evidence from central government and other organisations we will help you to devise best practice in process, procedure and policy formation. This will aid the engagement of stakeholders, encourage collaboration, and devise policies that meet organisational and stakeholder need. Outcome criteria can be monitored and evaluated as policies are adopted, adapted and put in to practice, before review and adjustment. 

The course is for anyone working in a policy making environment, whether public, private or social sector where a focus on outcome orientation in the design and development of policies will benefit both organisational and stakeholder gain.

Key benefits of outcome-based policy making 

The outcome-based approach develops consensus on priorities and interventions to address key outcomes. It is holistic in nature engaging policy-makers, key stakeholders and those affected by policy change in the wider community. The net result is improved achievement of policy aims and objectives. 

After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify good-practice from a range of sources 
  • Overcome obstacles and barriers to process change 
  • Specify outcome criteria specific to your organisation’s need
  • Devise an organisationally specific framework for outcome based policy making 
  • Establish metrics and measurements for monitoring, evaluation and impact analysis

Meet your trainer

This bespoke and interactive training seminar will be led by Keith Tanner.
Keith is a training and development professional with considerable experience and a broad portfolio of skills,  achievements and qualifications. Beginning in London as a trainee teacher in 1979, he moved on to become an assistant manager in retail, a production manager in music industry print and then a senior manager in public sector education where he was responsible for commercial training, European and national education infrastructure and community projects.

Keith now works as a professional trainer, coach and business consultant specialising in management development, communications, business and performance improvement, coaching and communications training, and project and partnership management for public, private and third sector organisations.

Keith is qualified as a business coach and professional teacher, is a published training professional, is a Master Practitioner in NLP, and has recently completed an MBA specialising in business communications and performance improvement. He is also training as a psychotherapist.

Outline agenda

09:15    Registration and refreshments 

Morning Session
09:30    Introductions and outcome orientated focus for the day 
10:00    Good-practice in outcome based policy making

  • Using a range of resources and live links to the web we will research outcome-based and evidence based policy in and around Scotland to identify good practice.

10:30    How do you measure up to good practice?

  • A range of criteria will be considered and using additional guidelines and academic suggestions we will devise a set of guidelines specific to individual policy areas of interest.

11:00    Break

11:20    Identifying and overcoming obstacles and barriers to process change

  • Considering our own and each other’s work and policy areas we will discuss the potential obstacles and barriers to the further development of outcome based and evidence based policy making. From this we will plan possible strategies to overcome resistance to change and further develop a strategic and operational approaches to improve outcome based and evidenced researched work.

12:00    Specifying outcome criteria specific to your organisation’s need for policy focus

  •  Working together we will identify evidence based and outcome specific criteria relevant to a policy area in our own area of work.

13:00    Lunch

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session will work to develop this so all attendees can leave with a peer-supported framework that encompasses, as holistically as possible, a development plan for improvements back in our own workplaces. 

This will explore stakeholder engagement, metrics, and existing policy and lead to a ‘model’ policy development framework customised where possible to your own organisation’s needs. 

14:00    Devising a coherent framework that encourages outcome based policy making
14:45    Exploring metrics and measurements for monitoring, evaluation and impact analysis

15:00    Break

15:20    Designing an outcome based policy for your framework, criteria and stakeholders

  • Putting outcome and evidence based policy making into practice will need planning and engagement of stakeholders.

16:00    Reflection and action planning
16:30    Evaluation and close

Get involved 

Please bring your own examples of strategy, plans and policy to the workshop so we can work co-creatively on the design and development of your own outcome focused policy framework.

Venue and costs

Holyrood Communications
32 Calton Road
United Kingdom

Prices (ex VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £245 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £345 for 1 place | £295 per place if 2 or more are booked (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £395 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

A certificate of attendance will be given to all attendees, which may be able to contribute towards CPD hours. 

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

31 May 2017
United Kingdom



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