New Online Public Policy Courses to Advance Civil Service Human Resource Development – Civil Service World | Team Cansler

As the backbone of British society, the civil service underpins government’s work to design, develop and propose policies that help achieve key priorities and goals.

The continuous professional development of civil servants through quality learning and development is therefore crucial so that they are prepared to respond effectively to current and future challenges and to maintain high levels of performance, motivation and job satisfaction.

But while public services are known for their resilience in times of crisis, they are currently facing increasing pressure to continue to meet high public demand for services and support. In this context, it seems that departments are finding it more difficult than ever to find the time and budget to invest in employee training and development.

Online Learning: Flexibility and integration with existing commitments

For busy public sector workers, online learning offers the opportunity to acquire new skills (or refine existing ones) with the flexibility to manage their own schedules.

Short courses, delivered entirely online and designed to bypass the learner’s existing responsibilities, offer a promising opportunity for policy professionals to learn on their own terms. These programs can also support government service through increased employee morale and knowledge retention – a need highlighted in a recent Institute for Government report – as their short-term nature is ideal for refreshing expertise and acquiring new skills when needed.

Learn about business or cybersecurity in an online short course

The Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford has partnered with Pearson to develop a series of online short courses in government and public policy.

Each short course is conducted entirely online, so you can study when and where you want, and lasts eight weeks. With an estimated 3-5 hours of study time per week, this makes it easier to match your professional development to your existing commitments.

The flexibility of online learning is also reflected in the variety of activities proposed by each course: from lifelike simulation exercises to live interactive sessions with experienced academics and a final project to reflect on real-world politics, that interests or is particularly relevant to you.

The online courses span some key areas of policy and governance – such as economics, cybersecurity and evidence-based policymaking – and help fill some of the skills gaps faced by public service departments.

Economics for Public Policy

This course is designed for those who wish to improve their understanding of economics in the context of public policy. It will provide you with practical skills that will enable you to interact more effectively with economists and their reports, ultimately making you a better consumer of economic thought.

Learn more about the online short course Economics for Public Policy.

Cybersecurity for Public Leadership: Planning, Policy and Strategy

This course is designed for non-technical public sector executives with a gap in their knowledge of cybersecurity. As the government has experienced a cybersecurity gap in recent years, this course will teach you how best to incorporate robust cybersecurity policies into your organizational planning, strategy, and operations, and respond to cybersecurity incidents effectively and efficiently.

Learn more about the Cyber ​​Security for Public Leadership online short course.

values ​​and public order

Officials know that public policy is not just technical: it involves fundamental values ​​and often conflicts between different values. This course aims to increase your understanding of the key moral and ethical concepts affecting public policy and examines relevant ethical issues faced by government today.

Learn more about the Values ​​and Public Policy online short course.

Evidence in Public Policy

Aimed at professionals who need to be able to assess the impact of policies, this course is designed to improve the critical skills you need to develop and implement fact-based policies. You will develop an understanding of evidence-based policy making from a global perspective, learn in the context of your own role and complete a final project focused on your own specific issues or interests.

Learn more about the Evidence in Public Policy online short course.

To learn more about the range of short online public policy courses offered by the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford in partnership with Pearson, visit them online courses website.

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