Policy Innovation Lab: Strategic Management of Policy Reform

The Policy Innovation Lab: Strategic Management of Policy Reform Certificate is a flagship collaboration between Georgetown University and Hamad bin Khalifa University’s College of Public Policy (HBKU-CPP). The program will be taught by instructors from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. This flagship course will be taught in English with simultaneous Arabic translation.

Course Description:

Government efforts at policy reform in many developing and transitional economies have often come up short. Some initiatives have been announced with great fanfare but failed to make it through complex and sometimes opaque policymaking processes. Other reform initiatives have developed problems during policy implementation, such as exceeding planned budgets, falling behind overly ambitious schedules, developing coordination issues between government agencies or different levels of government, or facing resistance from the “frontline workers” who are actually delivering the program. Other reform initiatives have fallen victim to rent seeking by politicians or bureaucrats. Still other policy innovations have had promising results in early “pilots” that were not duplicated when they were rolled out on a wider basis.

This course examines why policy reform initiatives often have disappointing results. It tries to give policymakers and policy implementers tools that can be useful in anticipating, addressing and overcoming challenges that they are likely to encounter in trying to bring about policy reforms.

Program Fees
Price for the five-day course: USD 5,000*
Please contact Zaubash Shakir at zs150@georgetown.edu for more information.

*Corporate discounts are available on group bookings of 3 or more individuals.

About the Instructors

Kent Weaver

Distinguished Professor, Professor of Public Policy & Government

Georgetown University

Jennifer L. Tobin

Associate Professor

Georgetown University

Leslie A. Pal

Dean, College of Public Policy

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Course Overview:

The course format include three major components:

  • A morning lecture focused on theorizing the day’s themes and introducing analytical tools
  • An interactive analysis of particular cases of policy reform, from lead schools and sources.
  • A group project that addresses policy issues faced by governments. Government ministries are encouraged to send teams to the workshop who are already working on “live” policy problems on ministries’ agendas to develop and fine-tune reform options and strategies for implementing them.

Who should attend

  • Government officials
  • Diplomats
  • Banking Officials
  • Stakeholders and Asset Managers
  • Policy and Management Consultants
  • Anyone in the field of policy reform in public and private spheres

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize significant obstacles for reforming policy.
  • Predict and identify hurdles that may occur during policy reform initiatives.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of particular policies to address reform obstacles.
  • Gain insights into policy-related challenges and opportunities related to a local context and improve the effectiveness of Qatar’s development.