Clear and Effective Policy Writing

About This Course

Have you ever heard of or proposed a great idea which failed to take off?
Often, our ideas are only as good as the way we write about them. This course highlights the importance of clear and effective policy writing, and provides you with techniques to convey your policy recommendations convincingly and impactfully.

Training Dates

To be advised. 
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Approximately 8 hours. May be conducted over two sessions.

Learning Mode

Live instruction - online or in-person


Obtain a Certificate of Achievement from CAG


No pre-requisites. However, we recommended you first complete 'Public Policy Design'

Learning Objectives

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Articulate the importance of writing well in a public service context 
  • Identify critical elements of good policy writing 
  • Apply writing frameworks and techniques  

Who This Is For

Public servants at all levels whose role requires them to write policy papers

Course Outline

What is policy writing?

Types of writing in the public service and their purposes

Elements of good writing

  • Writing exercises

Organising and drafting a policy paper

Practice session

Expert Contributors & Trainers

Wu Wei Neng
Chief Executive Officer of the Chandler Institute of Governance,
and Dean of the Chandler Academy of Governance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between courses and custom programmes?

Courses can be taken by individuals as a standalone. Custom programmes are cohort-based and specially designed to address specific learning needs of an organisation.

What do pre-requisites mean?

Some courses require that you have a particular set of skills or knowledge before you begin the course.  You are strongly encouraged to complete the pre-requisite course first if there is one listed on the course page.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

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