2 Day Workshop Another two-day immersion, delivered by experienced policy professional, Nonie Malone, and awarded government writing educator, Sandra Hogan, this workshop will hone
2 Day Workshop
Another two-day immersion, delivered by experienced policy professional, Nonie Malone, and awarded government writing educator, Sandra Hogan, this workshop will hone your skills so you and your decision-makers have confidence in your written communications.
- Know the critical importance of writing in the policy development process
- Understand how to use policy documents to reach and influence decision-makers
- Know how to navigate the complex policy environment
- Distinguish the elements of good policy writing and learn by doing
- Know how to engage internal and external stakeholders effectively
- See how policy documents influence and embody policy
- Develop confidence in planning and creating policy documents
- Know how to communicate accurately, briefly and comprehensively
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Day One: Policy writing in context and action
1. Policy writing ideals and reality
- Exploration of writing experiences
- What goes wrong in policy writing?
- What is needed to produce good work?
2. Essential writing to support the stages of the policy cycle
- Overview of the nature of policy and the policy cycle
- Policy documents and their purposes
3. Identifying and reaching the right audience
- Identify the target and incidental audiences for each type of document
- What strategies do you need to meet the needs of the particular audience?
4. Briefing note and correspondence writing tools & skills
- What gets in the way of writing a good brief or letter and what to do about it
- What content do you need and how do you organise it?
- Getting your point across
5. Communicating clearly #1 – why grammar & punctuation count
- Taking the pain out of grammar & punctuation (group exercise)
Day Two: Influencing through policy writing
1. Plain English tools & skills
- How to recognise and avoid jargon and obfuscation
- When and how should technical language be used
- The language of policy
- How to communicate the complex simply
2. Convincing decision-makers
- What do decision-makers want and need?
- How to argue for the best course of action
- How to write recommendations that lead to decisions
3. Cabinet submissions, discussion (green) papers, white papers
- What are these documents for?
- What makes a good cabinet submission?
- Complexity made simple – planning and creating Cabinet submissions
4. Communicating clearly #2
- Sentence by sentence – writing for clarity
- Presentation without words
5. Managing for efficiency and effectiveness as a policy writer
- How to find strategies and resources to help you reach ideals
- How to foster conditions in your agency to facilitate your writing
- Personal skills for policy influence.
All Day (Tuesday)
Policy SkillsPolicy Skills is a collaborative operation of Peter Bridgman, Australia’s most-recognised policy leader and Nonie Malone, a highly experienced policy manager. We present public offer programs delivered by ourselves and other policy area specialists. PO Box 5418 West End QLD 4101