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Professional Learning Program

Finding policy solutions through community engagement

Build community trust to deliver positive, sustainable, evidence-based outcomes




Online or In-person


2 days




How do you engage and collaborate with communities and stakeholders meaningfully and appropriately? How do we avoid outrage and create space for constructive discussion and contribution? What do you do if things do go wrong?

Resolving complex policy issues requires genuine engagement with the community, both to understand the breadth of views and experiences and to bring them on the journey with you when policy changes.

As policy makers we need to find evidence-based solutions that meet the needs and expectations of our communities – a task made harder in an increasingly polarised society.

This program develops skills and mindsets to lead engagement with communities. Participants will build capability and confidence using tools to find policy solutions in a safe and productive environment, where community engagement is used to create better outcomes and reduce risks.

Who should attend?

Current and emerging public sector leaders involved in the design, delivery, improvement and communication of public policy, programs and services.

Who will lead the course?

Leading community engagement is delivered by DemocracyCo, Australia’s leading deliberative democracy organisation with extensive expertise engaging communities on complex public issues. Their work includes undertaking a summit with 80 Darwin community residents to explore what their future looks like as part of the City of Darwin’s Living Darwin Strategic Plan 2030. DemocracyCo has also conducted the world’s largest citizens jury on behalf of the South Australian government to explore the potential of storing and disposing of nuclear waste from other countries.

What will you learn?

  • How to create effective, sustainable, evidence-based policy – involving the community and stakeholders
  • How to inform a time-poor community about complex issues, enabling a more meaningful discussion between government and community
  • Approaches and practices that can be applied to managing complex stakeholder engagements
  • How to undertake complex engagement online
  • Risk managing your engagement project

Event details

Date: TBC

Duration: 2 days

Location: Online or in-person

Cost: TBC

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.

Every person who completes the Executive Master of Public AdministrationExecutive Fellows Program, Deputies Leadership Program, Towards Strategic Leadership or an international program becomes part of our alumni. Only one discount is redeemable for each registration.

Got a question?

If you have a question, please contact ANZSOG’s Program Delivery team with the program name as the subject line to e.education@anzsog.edu.au or call us on +61 3 8344 1984.

Customised version

ANZSOG workshops can be customised to suit the needs of your agency. Our workshops have been designed specifically for staff in all jurisdictions, across Australia and New Zealand. To enquire about running a custom workshop, please email e.education@anzsog.edu.au with the program name as the subject line.

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