Greater political awareness means that your organisation can be more efficient and productive when it comes to understanding, interpreting and delivering policy directives from elected officials and senior civil servants.

The recent general election dictates the direction for all public sector organisations. Being able to understand the motives, movements and key personalities behind various policies can help organisations effectively deliver legislation.

This Political Awareness training course will give delegates the necessary skills and political insight to effectively deliver policy.

About the Chair: Paul Richards

Paul Richards is a columnist for Progress magazine, and writes for a range of newspapers and websites, and appears regularly on radio and TV.

He was a special adviser from 2005 to 2009, working in the Department for Health, Cabinet Office, and Department for Communities and Local Government, advising two Secretaries of State. He was a parliamentary candidate in 1997 and 2001, and chair of the Fabian Society. From 1991-2 Paul was an MP’s researcher in parliament. Paul is the author of several books and pamphlets, including How to Win an Election.

09:15 - 09:45

Coffee and Registration

09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Introduction and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Becoming More Politically Aware

  • Prepare yourself for the key themes that are coming out of government
  • Gain a more practical understanding of the political context of which your organisation operates in
  • Sources of information for political awareness: general election result, central departments’ own business plans; some speeches by ministers, and then legislation that is coming up
10:30 - 11:15

Interpreting Political Statements

  • Learn how to analyse political statements to ascertain the right meaning
  • Find the true political undertones to politicians messages and statements
  • Prepare your organisation for key changes in legislation and regulation
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Develop a Strategy to Support Political Objectives

  • You will work with the trainer to develop a strategy to help you to implement directives and policy made by key decision makers
  • Identify targets and overcome milestones
  • Evaluate your strategy to improve the way you implement political objectives
12:15 - 13:00

Engaging Key Stakeholders: Identifying Key Decision Makers

In this session, you will gain practical tools on how you can reach out to key decision makers, so you can build effective relationships based on mutual benefit.

  • Identify and map key individuals, such as politicians and civil servants who are most relevant for your policy area
  • Learn the most effective approach to organising and securing meetings with key individuals
  • How to best prepare for these meetings
  • Effectively maintain relationships with key individuals
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Communicating Complex Political Issues to Staff

  • Learn how to convey key decision makers strategic vision to your staff
  • Ensure that your staff understand what is expected of them
  • Articulate complex issues to staff by using different styles of communication
  • Identify the best channels of communication within organisations, based on cost, speed, trustworthiness and resources
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Understand the Political Context to Improve the Way You Work

 In this session, you will work in groups on a fictional current policy scenario to help you to prepare how you to interpret and implement policy.

  • Analyse a policy’s importance for your organisation, reading between the lines and assessing its impact
  • Develop a framework that can help you to anticipate political trends
  • Exchange ideas and techniques with your peers
  • Ascertain the best implementation strategy for your organisation
  • Develop an action plan that can help you to successfully manage directives to improve the way you work
16:00 - 16:15

Evaluation and Closing Remarks

Paul Richards

Political Consultant

Paul Richards is a columnist for Progress magazine, and writes for a range of newspapers and websites, and appears regularly…

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