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

Mike Bennett is an international consultant, researcher and trainer. Starting his career as a political researcher for BBC Radio Scotland, Mike then worked as Policy Officerfor the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) in Scotland and as a Research Fellow at the Scottish Local Authorities Management Centre in the University of ​​Strathclyde. Later, based in Westminster, Mike held senior policy roles for SOLACE before becoming Managing Director. 

In 2011 Mike set up Public Intelligence and in 2013 co-founded RCS. Both companies provide bespoke research, consultancy and strategic advice services to public and private clients in the UK and abroad. 

An experienced trainer, Mike has designed, developed and delivered training on issues across the public sector to local and central governments, as well as civil society representatives, in the UK, Kosovo, Tunisia and the People’s Republic of China.

Mike is a Honorary Fellow of the University of Andrews School of Management, a Senior Adviser to Newton Europe, a member of the editorial board of Public Money and Management and founder and presenter of the Local Government Leaders podcast https://soundcloud.com/localgovleaders


Outline agenda

09:15-09:30   |   Registration and refreshments 

09:30-11:00   |   Session 1

11:00-11:20   |   Coffee Break

11:20-13:00   |   Session 2

13:00-14:00   |   Lunch

14:00-15:00   |   Session 3

15:00-15:20   |   Coffee Break

15:20:16:30   |   Session 4

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

12 June 2017
United Kingdom



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