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The NSW Policy Officers' Conference 2017

Rydges World Square, Sydney
07 February 2017 - 08 February 2017

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In a constantly evolving sector, Policy Professionals working within the NSW Government must keep up-to-date with the latest advances in the field.

The NSW Policy Officers' Conference 2017 has been tailored to meet the needs of Policy Practitioners working across state government levels in this space. This premier event will explore the suite of contemporary skills and tools to ensure that policy professionals are equipped to develop contemporary, outcome-driven policy.

Followed by a two-day specialised training intensive workshop, the summit will bring together insightful expertise and opinion from policy leaders and experts across NSW and the Commonwealth.

Policy Professionals will build upon and refine existing, essential skills to enhance their influence and effectiveness in all stages of policymaking. With plenty of opportunity for interactive discussion to assess the efficacy and limitations of current methodologies, delegates will potentially form valuable connections with like-minded practitioners and leaders.

As the premier informative and networking event for NSW Policy Professionals, this summit is an essential career development opportunity that should not be missed!
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Exploring the latest approaches to policymaking in NSW Government

Optimal mastering of essential skills for all stages of policymaking

Enhancing communicative techniques for influential stakeholder engagement

Innovative data analysis for advanced and effective policy development
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Policy Officers / Managers
Policy Developers / Analysts
Policy Advisors / Senior Policy Advisors
Branch / Section / Division Managers
Program Managers
Research Officers
Evaluation Specialists / Managers
Stakeholder / Community Engagement
Policy Consulting
Service Delivery Managers / Directors



06 February 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Writing, Developing and Reviewing Policy Frameworks in a Demanding Environment

Often, policy officers will possess an innate orientation for detail with strong written and communication skills. They will have research and analytical skills, as well as the ability to think critically, solve problems and negotiate effectively. 

Yet, in a context with competing demands, influences and objectives, even the most skilful people can struggle to perform and meet targets. Despite this, policy professionals are expected to achieve their highest potential within the volatile environment that is the Public Sector on a daily basis. 

In order to overcome such challenges and demands with as much ease as possible, it is essential that the foundational skills are mastered for effective and efficient policymaking.  

In this interactive workshop, policy professionals will learn the critical skills associated with writing, developing and evaluating policy to help maximise performance and overcome challenges upon their return to work. 

Principles of effective policy writing and the process of developing policy
• What is policy/what it isn’t
• Compliance vs policy as a means of driving change
• When you need a policy and when you don’t
• Key steps in the policy process
• Success factors and combining evidence and experience

Consultation and winning policy documents
• The power of effective consultation and approaches/models for consultation
• The outputs of consultation and what to do with them
• Structure and approaches
• The power of plain language when communicating to non-policy stakeholders
• Formatting/style hints

Managing policy projects 
• Identifying pitfalls
• Managing risk
• Project management
• Organising pressing demands

Reviewing policy processes
• Monitoring policy projects
• Effective evaluation of policy projects
• Learning from the past to benefit policy both present and future
 
Maura Boland - Director
The Insight Partnership


07 February 2017


09:00 - 09:40


Case Study

How is evidence being used to inform policy?

In 2016 Matthew James was honoured with a Public Service Medal for his efforts leading data analysis at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In this Opening Keynote, Matthew will share his expertise to discuss:
- How evidence can and is being used to inform policy
- Areas for policy improvement
- Options for the future
Matthew James - Assistant Secretary - Information and Evaluation Branch
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

09:50 - 10:30


Case Study

Scaling up policy intervention - Lessons from the Health Sector

Scaling up refers to deliberate efforts to increase the impact of successfully tested health interventions to benefit more people and foster policy and program development on a lasting basis. Although predominantly practised in Health, methods for scaling up are useful to adopt across policy professions. However, few policymakers and practitioners have skills in and knowledge of scaling up methods. Andrew has conducted significant research into the benefits of scaling up and currently applies the systematic approach in his role. He will share:
- The process of scaling up policy interventions
- Advantages of scaling up and successful examples
- Incorporating systematic approaches into your policy making
Andrew Milat - Director, Evidence and Evaluation
NSW Ministry of Health

11:45 - 12:25


Case Study

Evidence: its nature and use in policy

In forming policy and delivering government services, what constitutes evidence, where does it come from and how can it be used to enhance government operation? These fundamental questions are often not asked or are taken for granted. But the evidence landscape is vast, and tricks and traps on top of basics are legion. Drawing on extensive academic and public service extensive, Professor Withers will provide what he calls "a user's guide to the evidence galaxy", illustrating a framework to be provided with concrete applications in areas such as defence, immigration, employment and health.
Professor Glenn Withers - President, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Professor of Economics, Research School of Economics and Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University

13:35 - 14:35


Panel

Overcoming setbacks with evidence-based policy

Evidence-based policy is widely practised due to the premise that policy decisions should be better informed by available evidence and should contain balanced analysis. This is because policy which is based on systematic evidence is recognised to produce better outcomes. Yet key issues with evidence include the quality, credibility and relevance. Evidence is also not the only factor which influences policymaking and comes with a number of constraints, which will inevitably limit the extent to which evidence can affect policy. This panel of experienced policy practitioners will discuss:
- Identifying limitations with evidence
- Issues surrounding how evidence is incorporated in the policymaking process
- Overcoming evidence-related challenges with policymaking
Linda Mallett - Executive Director, System Development and Reform
Ageing, Disability and Homecare, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW
Russell King - Former Policy Director for the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Transport for NSW

15:30 - 16:20


Case Study

The importance of engagement and brokerage in the policy process

Engagement and consultation with stakeholders is an important and accepted step in the development of government policies and programs. The extent of consultation that is undertaken however, and how much this actually shapes and influences policy itself, can vary significantly. As governments across all tiers face increasing pressures to develop innovative solutions to wicked and complex social issues, genuine engagement with ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ owners alike, adopting a partnership and co-design approach, has become essential. 
The Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation, in partnership with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, and with the support of the University of Technology Sydney Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) recently developed the Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy. The development of the Strategy was underpinned by extensive evidence gathering and brokerage with employers and education providers - the ‘solution’ holders.  The result is a Strategy outlining commitments to local employment by some of the largest government and non-government employers in the region without the need for new government funding. A 6 month progress monitoring has found that some of the programs are well progressed with local young  people engaged in training and transitioning to employment successfully.
Through the Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy case study, Anthony and Tomas will discuss:
 
- The benefits of co-design in the policy process
- The importance of brokerage and negotiation
- The importance of progress monitoring
Anthony Body - Regional Director for Southern NSW
Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW

15:30 - 16:20


Case Study

The importance of engagement and brokerage in the policy process

Engagement and consultation with stakeholders is an important and accepted step in the development of government policies and programs. The extent of consultation that is undertaken however, and how much this actually shapes and influences policy itself, can vary significantly. As governments across all tiers face increasing pressures to develop innovative solutions to wicked and complex social issues, genuine engagement with ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ owners alike, adopting a partnership and co-design approach, has become essential. 
The Illawarra Pilot Joint Organisation, in partnership with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, and with the support of the University of Technology Sydney Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG) recently developed the Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy. The development of the Strategy was underpinned by extensive evidence gathering and brokerage with employers and education providers - the ‘solution’ holders.  The result is a Strategy outlining commitments to local employment by some of the largest government and non-government employers in the region without the need for new government funding. A 6 month progress monitoring has found that some of the programs are well progressed with local young  people engaged in training and transitioning to employment successfully.
Through the Illawarra Youth Employment Strategy case study, Anthony and Tomas will discuss:
 
- The benefits of co-design in the policy process
- The importance of brokerage and negotiation
- The importance of progress monitoring
Tomas Lopata - Deputy Director, Institute for Public Policy and Governance
University of Technology Sydney


08 February 2017


09:00 - 09:45


Case Study

Turning data into insight - Implementing high quality workforce management practices across NSW Government

As the driving force behind workforce policy reform in NSW, The Public Service Commission works in partnership with departments and agencies to generate the most effective methods to apply workforce data resources to business problems and leverage analytics to enable high quality workforce planning. As a member of the Commission’s leadership team, Scott will share the aims for the future of innovative NSW workforce planning and how they’re navigating through current challenges. Discuss:
- The value of workforce data analytics
- Overcoming current challenges in the strive for change
- The future for NSW Government workforce planning
Scott Johnston - Director, Workforce Information
NSW Public Service Commission

10:00 - 10:45


Case Study

Winning policy arguments

A winning policy is one that has presented a more compelling case, gathered more stakeholder support or been more appealing to Government than the alternatives. Policy making is often a battle of ideas, and successful policies win these battles. An effective policy advisor to Government will bring to the table an understanding of the problems to be solved, the solutions available and the context in which the advice will be received. Martin has significant experience working in senior policy positions across government, and will discuss:
- How to develop proposals and prepare the best case
- Working with stakeholders
- When not to intervene
- Key examples
Martin Graham - Executive Director, External Relations Policy
NSW Department of Education

11:15 - 12:00


Case Study

Commissioning and contestability in the NSW context

Commissioning and contestability are key tools available to the government to optimise service delivery outcomes. They embody a customer-centric approach to service delivery that positively challenges current ways of working by seeking innovative ways to improve quality, productivity and access to services.The NSW Government Commissioning and Contestability Policy sets the expectation for how government agencies will design, fund and enable new service models. Kitsa is one of the leaders of the team behind it, and will discuss:
- Current state of play in NSW and how your agency is affected
- The six primary steps in the commissioning process and how to apply the approach
- Stakeholder benefits and enabling best practice commissioning 
 
Kitsa Papadopoulos - Director, Commissioning and Contestability
NSW Treasury

13:15 - 14:00


Expert Commentary

The role of diversity in policy development

It is important to consider diversity and inclusion when it comes to policy development. Driving effective strategy and policy should be implemented against a background of inclusivity. Cecilia is an advocacy, policy and strategy expert with a breadth of experience across community-based, government and business roles. She will discuss:
- Why is the consideration of diversity important in policy development?
- The policy context - the growing recognition of the importance of diversity
- How to ensure policy is strengthened by diversity inclusion
Cecilia Anthony - Senior Consultant
Diverse Werks

14:15 - 15:00


Case Study

Outcome-focused data analysis

When it comes to identifying further developments in policy implementation and intervention, a key step is to assess what policy decisions need to be made. This can be achieved with data integration and by evaluating and weighing up current policy data and facts to then pinpoint solutions for future policy making. Bill has collaborated with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to assist with such policy advances. He will discuss:
- Using data to evaluate policy problems and identify areas for development
- Underlying themes around data integration and collaboration
- Catering analysis and solutions
 
Bill Allen - Program Manager, Integrated Business Statistics and SSG Projects
Australian Bureau of Statistics

15:30 - 16:30


Roundtable

Current and future challenges for policy officers

This interactive roundtable discussion will provide delegates with an opportunity to revise the themes and topics covered over the course of the two day conference, providing scope to continue conversations raised, brainstorm solutions to common challenges faced and cover the essential skills needed to deliver outcomes and values. Discuss:
- Day-to-day challenges faced by policy professionals
- Future opportunities, strategies and directions for policy development
- Career pathways and progression for policy professionals
Joanne Smith - Principal Consultant
Hatfield House


09 February 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Effective policy that delivers measurable results

  • Developing policy fit-for-purpose
  • Drafting policy for implementation- what separates the good from the bad
  • Understanding different models and methods of policy development and implementation
  • Building the capacity of people and organisations to understand policy and its role within organisational and cultural change
  • Understanding people management in the context of policy practice
  • Managing policy teams and retaining and growing talent through effective people management skills
  • Building trust-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Focusing on individual and team performance to deliver results
  • Inspiring policy teams to reach their highest potential
  • Practical communication skills to achieve outcomes
  • Understanding effective communication and tailoring your approach to different scenarios
  • Key communication skills for increasing your credibility and influence
  • Approaches and tools for managing stakeholder meetings and partnerships when developing and implementing policy- key dos and don’ts
  • Tips for enhancing team work and stakeholder relationships when delivering required policy outcomes
  • Policy Advocacy and Negotiations
  • Leadership skills and self-awareness related to policy advocacy and negotiations
  • Investing in your strengths, health and well-being – Finding ways to sustain you to perform at your peak
  • Effective approaches to build on your policy practice and manage high-pressure and stressful situations
  • Your role as a leader in contributing to positive policy practice and a healthy workplace in general
Edwina Deakin - Principal
EJD Consulting & Associates


10 February 2017


09:00 - 16:30


Masterclass

Taking leadership to the next level of your policy profession

  • From policymakers to policy leaders – honing your leadership skills and capabilities
  • An overview of leadership models and proven practical skills for building leadership capability
  • Transitioning from policy practitioner to strategic thinker and leader
  • Demonstrating your value as a leader
  • Making policy leadership work tactically, strategically and practically
  • Developing a strategic direction and perspective as a policy leader
  • Understanding the evolving sector in which you and your team operate
  • Keeping up with both policy and commercial developments
  • Then and now – Changes in the policy professional landscape, and preparing for future leadership challenges
  • Embedding strategic business perspectives – Linking core organisational priorities and outcomes with individual policy effort
  • Becoming a trusted policy executive
  • Growing your strength as a policy driver and implementer
  • Delivering end-to-end solutions and programs and building trust with your stakeholders
  • Developing advisory skills to provide practical solutions for strategic decision making
  • Understanding risks and forward-planning
  • Leadership success: Collaboration and communication
  • Growing your leadership strengths by building key relationships and tapping expertise
  • Managing your case: Communicating policy issues and ideas to achieve a favourable outcome 
  • Accessing new opportunities for networking, personal development and growing your credibility
  • Effective interpersonal skills to leverage your leadership capabilities
Edwina Deakin - Principal
EJD Consulting & Associates
Professor Glenn Withers
President, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Professor of Economics, Research School of Economics and Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
Linda Mallett
Executive Director, System Development and Reform
Ageing, Disability and Homecare, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW
Russell King
Former Policy Director for the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
Transport for NSW
Joanne Smith
Principal Consultant
Hatfield House
Bill Allen
Program Manager, Integrated Business Statistics and SSG Projects
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Martin Graham
Executive Director, External Relations Policy
NSW Department of Education
Kitsa Papadopoulos
Director, Commissioning and Contestability
NSW Treasury
Scott Johnston
Director, Workforce Information
NSW Public Service Commission
Andrew Milat
Director, Evidence and Evaluation
NSW Ministry of Health
Cecilia Anthony
Senior Consultant
Diverse Werks
Matthew James
Assistant Secretary - Information and Evaluation Branch
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Maura Boland
Director
The Insight Partnership
Edwina Deakin
Principal
EJD Consulting & Associates
Gabrielle Mangos
Director, Regulatory and National Reform
NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
Danielle Merrett
Principal Policy Officer
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Tomas Lopata
Deputy Director, Institute for Public Policy and Governance
University of Technology Sydney
Anthony Body
Regional Director for Southern NSW
Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
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Sydney, NSW
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