Closing training of the 2013 Public Policy School

On Saturday, June 1, the final training of the 2013 Public Policy School was held. The topic was “Effective policy papers writing” and it was lead by Zlatko Vujović.

The topic (keyword):

Workshop aimed to give participants the knowledge and resources required to develop the skill of writing effective policy proposals in order to communicate on clear and concise view of practical politics. In this regard, the workshop participants learned how to:

  • Understand how practical policy proposals can support the decision-making process based on evidences,
  • Gain insight into the perspective of a practical policy proposal, which is the center of designing research, analysis and writing policy papers:
  • Analyze and reflect on strategies to increase the likelihood of achieving the desired effect when writing and using policy proposals;
  • Gain insight into the structure and purpose of advocacy to be achieved by the two basic types of proposals for a policy: policy studies and concise draft policy;
  • Share experiences in developing and writing policy proposals with other workshop participants and trainers;
  • Deepen understanding through the analysis of relevant case studies and actual policy papers.

The nature of this training is to be practical and to be adapted to the needs of participants. The training methodology is based on active participation, with emphasis on the analysis of authentic examples of policy proposals as well as on knowledge and skills applicability in the context in which participants write proposals. These are some additional methodological approaches on which training was built:

  • The atmosphere in which the participant is the center of attention, which is interactive;
  • Learning by doing;
  • Work in pairs and small groups to establish interaction between participants;
  • Participants have the role of informed and responsible adult learners, and trainers are facilitators in this process.

The training was carried out based on materials created by the LGI initiative.The main motive of initiatives Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) in capacity building in practical policy proposals writing is to increase the impact of policy researches in the decision-making process by providing assistance to researchers and analysts to communicate their advices in a way that can actually be used in the practical world of policy making. Therefore, the workshop also aimed to:

Promote self-development of writing policy proposal skills, using as a source of LGI’s manual “Writing effective proposals for public policy”, “Writing Effective Public Policy Papers” (Young and Quinn, 2002).

Establish a collaborative atmosphere among the workshop’s participants.

Presenter’s short biography:

Zlatko Vujovic is a graduate of the Law Faculty with an average score of 8.51. He earned his master’s degree at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica, postgraduate studies “International relations” with an average score of 9.32 and defended his master’s thesis on “Electoral systems of the European Union – a comparative analysis of the electoral system for national parliaments and the European Parliament” with grade A. Currently, he is enrolled at a PhD program: “Comparative Politics, Department of Comparative Public Policy” at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb.

Since 2004 worked as an associate at the Law Faculty in Podgorica, and since 2006 at Faculty of Political Sciences on courses: Election and party systems, electoral systems, party systems, as well as on Electoral systems in Europe, and Comparative European party systems.

He is one of founders and president of NGO / think-tank Centre for Monitoring Centre. He is being occasionally hired as a consultant and trainer on issues of organizational development. He is a licensed LGI trainer.

The Public Policy school project is supported by the Commission for the allocation of gambling revenue and managed by Institute alternative in collaboration with the Centre for Research and Monitoring (CEMI).

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