What you'll learn

  • Management methods such as plan and control, agile, and facilitated emergence or Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA).
  • How to break down your implementation challenge into its root causes, identify entry points, search for possible ideas, take action, reflect upon what you have learned, adapt and then act again.
  • Learn to work collaboratively in teams to make implementation successful.
  • Develop leadership and management skills.

Course description

In this extended five-month program, you will have the opportunity to work on your own implementation challenge that you are addressing in your city, region, or country with the help of Faculty Chair Matt Andrews and a global cohort of peers. The Implementing Public Policy (Online) curriculum blends self-study modules including video lectures, readings, and individual assignments with live faculty Q&A sessions and peer-learning group sessions. 

To successfully complete this program, you will be required to complete all individual assignments and attend all peer-learning group sessions. These program elements will help you make progress on your implementation challenge. Participants are expected to commit a minimum of three hours/week to live sessions and approximately five hours/week to self-study time. 

Course outline

  • Phase 1: New Ideas for Better Policy Implementation
  • Phase 2: Action Learning
  • Phase 3: Community of Practice


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Kennedy School

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