Public sector organisations need to consider a range of factors that will affect the way they operate to continue to provide high quality services. A surprising number do not do this, and those that do often fail to act on their findings.

In today’s political and economic climate, it is not enough to respond to events after they happen; you have to pre-empt them. Preparing for every eventuality regarding major issues such as Brexit is an essential skill, and one that teams at all levels need to master.

Attend this course, led by policy and communications expert Jo Clift, in order to examine the threats – and opportunities – facing your organisation, and identify the best methodology for you to effectively plan for every eventuality.

About the Chair: Jo Clift
Jo started her career in the arts as a communications professional and subsequently worked at the heart of government for over twenty years, mainly at the Cabinet Office. She was Head of Communications for the BSE Inquiry and then Press Secretary to Lord Falconer. She has worked closely with many ministers over the years, including Lord Peter Mandelson and Sir Oliver Letwin. She also worked at Number 10 in the Prime Minister’s press office.Jo’s other government roles include creating the coalition’s ICT strategy, developing a new model for corporate shared services across Whitehall, and leading on high level board appointments to public bodies. Jo also gained private sector experience as a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting.
09:15 - 09:45

Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Strategic Planning and Horizon Scanning

  • Appreciate the bigger picture – why do we need to plan ahead?
  • Get to grips with different definitions and theories
  • Learn about different scenarios when horizon scanning is used
10:30 - 11:15

Horizon Scanning in Specific Contexts

  • Understand different approaches and methodologies
  • Consider when different approaches are most useful
  • Apply the benefits of each approach to your organisation
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

The Importance of Analysing Trends

  • Discover how analysing trends could benefit your organisation
  • Analyse specific cultural, political and economic trends
  • Forecast which trends will most impact your work and your team’s
12:15 - 13:15

Lunch

13:15 - 14:15

Workshop: Threats vs. Opportunities

  • Work in groups to identify the potential threats and opportunities
  • Consider the threats facing different organisations and industries
  • Discuss your findings with the Chair and draw conclusions
14:15 - 14:30

Afternoon Break

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop: Applying the Right Approach to Your Organisation

  • Recap the methodologies and tools covered throughout the day
  • Formulate an action plan to implement horizon scanning in your organisation
  • Receive dedicated advice from the Chair on your action plan
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Jo Clift

Communications Specialist

Jo started her career in the arts as a communications professional and subsequently worked at the heart of government for…

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