Submit Event

ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Anti-corruption tools and techniques for public sector agencies

One-day short course


20th October 2016


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy



Evidence-based policy-making is regarded as the goal for policy officers but the reality of developing policy in today’s fast-paced environment is that this can be very challenging. This one-day workshop focuses on helping public service practitioners communicate their evidence effectively.

Course overview

Experts are united in their view that using evidence is central to good policy development and implementation. Using evidence to inform policy, strategy and implementation is also a core capability of high performing public servants. However, in practice evidence is just one of many inputs to policy and program implementation. Evidence competes for attention against other influences such as party ideologies and public opinion. To be effective in using evidence, public servants have to develop capability in communication strategies and tools, and to know what is persuasive, with whom and why.
The one day workshop includes:

i. background on the challenges in doing evidence-based policy in the modern world

ii. the key principles of communication to ensure the evidence presented persuades

iii. a review of the range of techniques available for communicating evidence: text, graphs, infographics, maps, tables and pictures

iv. examples of powerful communications from Australian and international policy, and

v. hands-on experience in critiquing and redesigning the presentation of evidence.

By the end of the workshop participants will have a set of principles and simple techniques for presenting evidence. They will have ideas as to how to best present evidence to make a difference and where to look to further build their skill set.

This one-day workshop on communicating evidence is aimed at experienced policy practitioners, or for people who have completed Crawford Executive Education’s two-and-a-half-day course ‘Policy processes for practitioners’ course.

The course is delivered by 2 former senior public servants now involved in public policy research and teaching.

Course presenters

Dr Wendy Jarvie

Dr Wendy Jarvie has enjoyed a diverse career, including as a government policy practitioner, university researcher and a development specialist. She spent 22 years working in the APS, including seven years (2001-2008) as a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Education, Science and Training and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

She also managed evaluations and strategy development at the World Bank in Washington between 1998 and 2001. Wendy has consulted widely for international agencies including the World Bank and the OECD on early childhood education, and for the IMF on employment services.

A Visiting Professor at the UNSW School of Business in Canberra, she is currently undertaking research in in early childhood and Indigenous policy, and the use of evidence in policy and program management. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Australian government’s Independent Evaluation Committee for Australian Aid.

Dr Trish Mercer

With over 20 years’ experience as an SES officer (1989-2010) in Commonwealth central and line public service departments, Trish Mercer is highly experienced in policy and program formulation. From 2003 to 2010, Trish worked in the Department of Education, Science and Training and its successor the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, undertaking senior roles in early childhood, schools and student income support and also running for three years the department’s research, analysis and evaluation area.

Trish also had hands-on service delivery experience from 1996 to 2003 as a member of the SES team responsible for establishing the Commonwealth’s joined up service delivery agency Centrelink. As Area Manager, she had direct responsibility for some 1,000 staff in offices across Central and North Queensland and gained extensive experience in delivering innovative services in rural and remote communities, including Indigenous communities.

Trish is now a Visiting Fellow in the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) at ANU. Her research projects include early childhood, schools reforms and public policy innovation, and she is involved in running public policy workshops in Commonwealth departments.

Course date: 9.30am–4.30pm 20 October 2016
Venue: Crawford School, ANU
Enrol: T 02 6125 2154 E
Cost: $1,100 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

Press Ctrl+C to copy