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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy

Writing policy: a workshop for practitioners

One-day short course


18th November 2015


ANU Crawford School of Public Policy


Kristen Connell
Robyn Hardy



This workshop at The Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy,  is designed to improve participants’ capacity to evaluate policy documents and build their ability to write effective policy.

Course overview


This hands-on workshop will enhance your policy writing skills and your policy development capacity through effective writing and project management styled approaches on strategy and thinking. You will acquire practical knowledge about the format of a policy document and how to ensure any policy documents you write are well-structured, persuasive and comprehensive.

You will be encouraged to interact actively and share ideas and insights openly and frankly during discussions and feedback sessions (under the Chatham House Rule). You will undertake a number of practical writing exercises which exemplify the typical policy development process. These exercises facilitate thinking about how written communication can be used as a tool to engender stakeholder support or even amend a policy to meet changing needs and demands.

This policy writing workshop is tailored for Public Sector Senior Managers and Managers at the EL2 and EL1 levels seeking to further develop their skills in formulating, negotiating or communicating policy. Aspiring Managers at the APS 6 level would also benefit from attendance.

Course convenor


Ms Kristen Connell

Kristen Connell is a communications skills trainer who focuses on building written communication skills, media management, and negotiations skills. Kristen holds a BA in Journalism and graduate qualifications in Business Management. She worked as a journalist for nearly seven years, including five years in the Press Gallery at Parliament House in Canberra. She has provided media advice to Federal and State politicians during two election campaigns. In addition, Kristen has spent nearly a decade undertaking public relations, media management, strategic planning, workshop facilitation, lobbying, policy development and project management for high profile national organisations and government agencies.

Dr Robyn Hardy, MAICD, MCIPS

Dr Robyn Hardy, MAICD, MCIPS is currently lecturing in procurement with the School of Building and Construction Management at the University of Canberra. She is also a Director of ACTTAB. Robyn recently retired from her role heading up ACT Government Shared Services Procurement, a division of the ACT Treasury Directorate, responsible for the majority of tendering and contracts for ACT Government goods and services procurements and infrastructure works. She has had a long and varied career in the public service, both in the Commonwealth and the ACT Governments. Robyn completed an undergraduate degree in economics at James Cook University and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from ANU. She completed a PhD in public policy at ANU focusing on Interjurisdictional Cost-shifting.

Course date: 9.30am–4.30pm 18 November 2015
Venue: #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: A$1,100 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

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