Best Practice in Public Management short course Best Practice in Public Management short course

This innovative professional programme gives an introduction to public management, explores reform and change in the ways government is run, and encourages critical analysis of the effects of these changes.

This course is delivered by the Department of Political, Social and International Studies, which has a reputation for excellent teaching, highly rated research and outstanding levels of student satisfaction, and this programme will be led by a number of academic staff with research expertise in these topics. For more information about degree programmes offered, please visit the School's main website.

The programme will begin with two days' induction and orientation and programme preparations, which will include participants preparing an introductory presentation about their experiences of Public and/or Policy Management in their home country (no detailed advanced preparation is required). Participants will then embark upon a series of five full days of intensive workshop sessions, which may include some evening reading as well as inclusive social programme activities, before a reflective finale session, celebration dinner and a full day's off-campus excursion. 

The concepts of change are demonstrated using in depth relevant case studies and will be an ideal study exploration for career professionals working in government sectors, in public policy or public management, or those with academic experience or those wishing to apply for masters programmes in the subjects to gain professional developmental experience in these specific areas. Participants will learn from academic experts, with delivery focusing on stimulating discussion with contributions from a number of programme speakers who are leading researchers in the field of public management. The following topics are examples of those that are covered during the short course:

  • Public management: this session will include relevant areas such as reform and change and New Public Management; the session will continue to discuss policy and programme evaluation; public policy and environment, and policy design.
  • EU policy making and Implementation; Intra-organisational coordination and organisational change management: (using a European Commission case study).
  • Improving performance in the public and third sector: this session will include discussion on the issues faced with defining and measuring performance, the causes of organisational failure, and tools for improving performance. 
  • Designing a regulator for a privatised or liberalised market: this session will consider why independent regulators are good for markets and good for investors. It will include how to write legislation establishing a regulator, and will also consider provisions on appointment, funding, and accountability, involving British and European experiences.
  • Employability, European Studies, and international organisations: These topics will involve group participation and discussion and will draw upon a number of case studies, asking participants to share experiences and contribute to future policy.

This programme will be suited to a small group from a government-led institution or group of early career professionals seeking advanced knowledge in the area. If you are interested in specific areas or topics of interest please let us know.

To discuss group booking fee discounts please contact the programme director Ms Alex Cole by clicking here.