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Executive & Professional Education

Policy makers today face a variety of new and evolving challenges. To help meet them, the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto has developed a dynamic Executive Education Program for policy professionals.

Participants in this program will deepen their understanding of government and public-service delivery; gain new skills, perspectives, and insights; and have the opportunity to learn from and share ideas with their peers and international thought leaders.

Executive and Professional students will examine the contexts and perspectives necessary to address complex policy issues and manage change in the public sector. Working collaboratively, and focusing on case studies, participants will learn how to apply new concepts to today’s real-world issues.

In our courses, participants can expect

  • facilitation by internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary faculty with significant policy experience;
  • course design tailored to meet specific learning objectives and policy contexts;
  • collaborative delivery through the inclusion of guest speakers from the public, non-profit, and private sectors;
  • student-centred, active learning;
  • small-group, cohort-based classes;
  • a supportive learning environment and close personal focus; and
  • ongoing quality assessment and review of course material and design.

The 2017-18 Executive Education workshop schedule will be posted in late-Sept/ early-Oct, 2017. For Executive and Professional Education inquiries contact: sppg.executive@utoronto.ca


Professional Education Courses

Our Professional Education modules are ideal for new policy professionals looking to gain a better understanding of the Canadian context of policy as well as practitioner tools for policy analysis. All courses are delivered in 3-hour workshops held at the School of Public Policy & Governance, located in downtown Toronto.

Change Management 
This course offers strategies for effectively leading and implementing change programs in the public sector.
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Data Analysis for Public Policy
Evidence based policy making requires analysts to be able to manage, analyze and interpret large data sets.
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Data Visualization: Unlock the Power of Data
This course will provide participants an overview on how to visualize data to present large data sets in a meaningful way.
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Government Relations and Achieving Policy Change from Outside Government
This course offers strategies for effectively achieving policy change from outside government.
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How to Assess Evidence
How good is the evidence used in evidence-based decision-making?
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Introduction to Program Evaluation
This course introduces participants to the fundamentals of program evaluation, which is essential to the successful implementation of policy.
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Policy Implementation 
This course introduces participants to thinking in a critical, integrated way about how to deliver on public policy objectives in a dynamic political and stakeholder environment.
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Public Opinion and Public Policy
This session provides participants with a critical understanding of public opinion and an ability to assess and ask the right questions about public opinion research that they will encounter in their professional settings as well as in media reports of public opinion research.
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Executive Education Courses

Our Executive Education courses are ideal for mid-senior level policy executives looking to deepen their understanding in a specific policy area. All courses are delivered as intensive 1-2 day workshops to client organizations on a customized basis. Please contact us at sppg.executive@utoronto.ca if you are interested in planning a session for your organization/ministry/department.

Comparative Public Policy
Participants will compare policy sources, policy development, and institutions across countries.
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Financial Analysis for Public Servants
Participants will review the issues, questions, and conclusions relating to the application of cost-benefit analysis in policy decision-making.
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How to Think Like an Economist
Mid-to-senior-level public servants without formal training in economics will learn how to apply economic thinking to contemporary politics in this module.
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Moral Foundations of Public Administration
The practice of public administration is widely understood to be guided by certain core values and principles. Yet with the growing complexity of the state have come changing demands, structural reforms, and the creation of a more uncertain environment.
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Risk Analysis for Public Servants
Participants in this course will gain a practical grounding in the varied elements of risk analysis and will apply their learning to a case study by assessing risk and integrating the assessment into policy analysis.
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Social Policy and Supports in Canada
Participants will examine Canada’s social safety net, including recent reforms in Ontario and will look closely at Canada’s elaborate system of social supports.
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Cancellation policy
A full refund will be processed for cancellations made 5-business days in advance of session date. Cancellations with less than 5-business days notice will receive a full credit which can then be applied to enroll in future Executive Education sessions of the same or different title.

SPPG reserves the right to cancel a course that doesn’t meet the minimum threshold for registration.