7th Dec 2023 - 7th Dec 2023


10:00 am - 12:00 pm






Good policy advice is critical for supporting good government decision making. Great policy advice rests on an infrastructure that includes effective policy design and development processes, a modern methods toolkit, and skilled people who can collaborate across government and beyond.

Public service leaders must meet current decision-makers' demands and develop the capacity and knowledge to serve future governments. They should understand both the supply and demand aspects of policymaking. This masterclass, led by Sally Washington, ANZSOG Director, Aotearoa-New Zealand, will address the challenge of building an effective policy infrastructure. Sally, who spearheaded the Policy Project, a program aimed at enhancing policy quality and capability, will provide insights and guidance on this complex public management issue.

Participants, including public sector executives, senior managers, aspiring leaders, and policy officers, will have the opportunity to discuss challenges, gain insights, and acquire tools to enhance their leadership abilities. The class is also beneficial for non-policy managers or aspiring leaders who interact with policy colleagues and seek a better understanding of the policy process and how to contribute effectively.

On completion of this masterclass, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the key components of the policy infrastructure and how they can be mutually reinforcing.
  • Diagnose the capability of their team or organisation to meet current and future demands for advice to support good government decision making.
  • Design a trajectory for improving policy quality and capability based on the latest thinking on methods and approaches, and on local and international experience.

Optional pre-reading: What is the ‘policy problem’ and what’s to be done about it? Building an infrastructure for great policy by Sally Washington | The Mandarin

Date: Thursday, 7 December 2023
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: Live online via Microsoft Teams
Cost: Free (Paid for and sponsored by the Leadership Board)

Register now