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Essentials of Policy Development

Public sector managers and policymakers are under constant pressure to deliver high quality solutions to complex socio-political, economic and sectoral problems and issues. But what are the skills needed to identify policy problems, assess options, formulate solutions, test their effectiveness, and evaluate their impacts? What kinds of policy making approaches should be used in dealing with different but interrelated policy issues?

To answer these questions, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy offers the Essentials of Policy Development programme. Participants in this course will gain detailed foundational knowledge and frameworks to understand the policy development process, from conceptualising public policy to evaluating options and measuring the outcomes and impacts. The programme will also equip participants with analytical, decision making, evaluation, and communication tools to help them become more effective in their roles.

Next upcoming run after August is 23- 27 October 2017. Please contact the Executive Education Department for more info on the course held in October 2017. 

Key Information

Programme date 21 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus),
Programme cost:

S$4,980 + 7% GST;

S$4,482 +7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 8697
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline: 24 Jul 2017

Programme Objectives

Over 5 days, participants will be introduced to the main theoretical frameworks and tools being used to analyse, develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and communicate public policies. Topics include:

  • Conceptualising policy capacity
  • Political capacity: sharpening policy acumen
  • Administrative capacity: managing the policy process
  • Analytical capacity: establishing evidence-based policy process
  • Identifying and defining public problems
  • Formulating and assessing workable solutions
  • Overcoming barriers to policy implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluating outcomes
  • Stakeholder management in policy development
  • Handling complexities in public policy
  • Communicating policy messages

Target Audience

The programme is designed for policy analysts, strategists, and government professionals in policy functions, with more than 2 years of work experience. It is most suited for anyone requiring introduction and exposure to policymaking and programme development.

With an international appeal, the programme regularly attracts participants globally, including Singapore, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Timor-Leste, UAE, United Kingdom, and USA.

Programme Focus


Chen Kang
Professor & Director (MPAM and Chinese Executive Education) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Chen Kang is currently professor and director of Master in Public Administration and Management programme (MPAM) and Chinese Executive Education Programmes at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the National University of Singapore (NUS).  He received his B.Sc. in mathematics from Xiamen University in 1982, his M.Sc. in applied mathematics from Ohio University in 1984,and his Ph.D. in economics and applied mathematics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1990.  He worked at the World Bank’s Socialist Economies Reform Unit and subsequently taught at NUS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  He was Head of the Economics Division at NTU from 1999 to 2005. He was also the Wang Yanan Chair Professor of Economics at Xiamen University from 2007 to 2012.

Dr. Chen has published widely on issues relating to macroeconomic modelling, economic reform and development, and the economic role of government in professional journals, including Journal of Comparative Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, China Economic Review, China Economic Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, and Economic Modelling.  He is author of The Chinese Economy in Transition: Micro Changes and Macro Implications (Singapore University Press, 1995).  His current research interests include behavioural economics, macroeconomic models, and China’s economic reform.  Dr. Chen served as vice president of the Economic Society of Singapore and director of the East Asian Economic Association.  He currently serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Political Economy, the advisory board of China Economic Quarterly and World Economic Papers. Dr. Chen also served as a consultant to Asian Development Bank, Singapore Trade Development Board, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Housing & Development Board, Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, and several multinational corporations.

Eduardo Araral
Vice Dean (Research) and Associate Professor, LKY School

Ed is a theoretician and a practitioner. As a theoretician, he specialises in the study of the causes and consequences of institutions for collective action and the governance of the commons. He has published in 20 journals and 17 other publications and presented in 40 conferences. Ed has received 12 awards and recognitions including fellowships from the research centers of 3 Nobel Laureates (Economics), the Ostrom Prize for the Governance of the Commons, Fulbright Phd Awards, a US National Science Foundation Grant, Finalist in the Best Dissertation Prize in Institutional Analysis, and Finalist in the Suez Water Prize. His work has been cited by the NUS President as an example of research that advances knowledge and helps solve important problems for society.

As a practitioner, Ed has an active portfolio of government advisory, consultancy and executive education. He has served as Strategy Adviser to Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development as well as to the Government of Vietnam for public administration reform. In addition, Ed has undertaken 18 consultancy projects for Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNDP, local governments and NGOs. He has also lectured in 115 Executive Education Programs for more than 3,000 government officials from 27 countries in Asia including Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors, City Commissioners and Mayors, NGO leaders, CEOs of multinationals and ranking military officers. Ed has also implemented some 120 projects in the field for 7 years as a staff/ Project Manager for an ADB funded poverty alleviation project in the Philippines.

Dale Whittington
Visiting Professor, LKY School

Dale Whittington is a Professor in the Departments of Environmental Science & Engineering and City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), and a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He also holds a part-time position at the Manchester Business School. He is the author of over 100 publications, including (with Prof. Duncan MacRae) a graduate textbook on public policy analysis, Expert Advice for Policy Choice (Georgetown University Press, 1997). He serves as a resource person and research advisor for two international environmental economics networks: 1) Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA); and 2) Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). He is also Chair of the Board of the Environment for Development research network (EfD) based in the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Prof. Whittington is a member of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), and has served as consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development, OECD, Hopi Tribe, and numerous other organizations. In 2011-2012 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg. With Dr. Duncan Thomas (Manchester Business School), in the spring of 2014 Prof. Whittington designed and launched the University of Manchester’s largest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries.” Over 17,000 students participated from 184 countries.

Dr. Caroline Brassard
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Caroline Brassard worked as an economist for the Government of Ontario in Canada, and then undertook research and long term consultancy work on poverty reduction strategies for several international non-governmental organisations in developing countries, including United Nations Children’s Fund in Madagascar, CARE in Bangladesh and Save the Children in Vietnam.

Paul Cheung
Professor of Social Policy and Analytics, LKY School

Professor Paul Cheung is Professor of Social Policy and Analytics at the National University of Singapore. He returned to Singapore in December 2012 after serving for 9 years as the Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2004-2012).

At the UN, he facilitated the development of the global statistical system and coordinated the work of UNSD. He supervised a programme of work that included the development of international statistical standards, the dissemination of global statistical data, the provision of technical advice to member states in the development of national statistical systems, the coordination of international statistical activities, and the delivery of programme support to the UN System on all statistical matters.

Professor Cheung also had the responsibility of implementing UN mandates on geospatial information, cartography, and geographic names. In 2011, his initiative to establish an inter-governmental platform to address issues on Global Geospatial Information Management was endorsed by the UN. This global multilateral mechanism explores all issues on geospatial information and a series of high-level meetings have been held.

Prior to his appointment, Professor Cheung served as Chief Statistician of the Government of Singapore (1991-2004) and the Director of the Population Planning Unit (1987-1994). He has received many national and professional awards for his work around the world, including the Public Administration Gold Medal By the Singapore government, the Royal Order of Sahametrei (Grand Officer) by the Cambodian government, and the Doctor Honoris Causa by the National University of Mongolia.  He is well known in the Asia and the Pacific region for his pioneering research in the fields of manpower, population, social planning and official statistics, and has written widely in his areas of research.

Professor Zeger van der Wal
Assistant Dean (Research) & Associate Professor, LKY School

Zeger van der Wal is a seasoned lecturer, researcher, and consultant in the areas of organizational values and culture, integrity management, administrative reform, performance management, and work motivation. Currently, he is a senior Faculty member at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, based at Asia’s no. 1 university NUS. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Faculty Research Fellowship as well as the school’s Teaching Excellence Award. In January 2015, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Research and Associate Editor of Public Administration Review. In March 2015, NUS bestowed the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) upon him.

In recent years, he has developed an active portfolio of executive education and consulting assignments on integrity management and ethical decision-making, code of conduct design, public service motivation, stakeholder management, and performance management. Clients include: Ministry of Home Affairs, The Netherlands, China-Europe Public Administration Project (GIZ), Sri Lanka Public Service Commission, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy, Home Team Academy Singapore, Ministry of Transport Singapore, Monetary Authority Singapore, UNDP, Toyota Asia-Pacific, VISA, and Civil Service College Singapore. Van der Wal has educated and trained over 2000 graduate students and senior officials across the globe..

Dr. Leong Ching
Deputy Director (IWP) & Assistant Professor, LKY School

Leong Ching obtained her Phd in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She is the recipient of the Wang Gung Wu Medal and Prize winner 2013, (Best PhD Thesis in Humanities and Social Sciences). She has previously worked as a newspaper and television reporter and has graduate degrees in philosophy, information technology and journalism. Her research interests include water policies, public sector reform, and communication strategies. Her current research project includes examining the impact of communication on the implementation of water policies, narratives and third‐party governance.

Dr. Adrian Kuah
Senior Research Fellow & Head (Research Support Unit) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Dr Adrian Kuah is Senior Research Fellow at the LKY School of Public Policy. His research interests include futures studies, complexity science and political philosophy (focusing on pragmatism). Adrian started his career in the civil service as an economist in the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He then worked in the private sector as a business strategy consultant before embarking on an academic career with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. As Assistant Professor in the Military Studies programme, he taught on the MSc programmes as well as the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College’s courses.

He returned to the civil service in 2013 as Lead Strategist in the Centre for Strategic Futures, Strategic Policy Office, Prime Minister’s Office, where he was involved in Whole-of-Government futures research and scenario planning. He led a team of researchers in analysing complex, cross-cutting public policy issues across the social, economic, infrastructure and security domains. He joined the LKY School in July 2015. Adrian obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics and Politics from the University of York, graduating with first class honours, followed by his Master of Arts degree in International Politics from the University of Warwick. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Defence Policy and Economics from Cranfield University, where his doctoral studies were fully funded by RSIS.

Dr. Scott Victor Valentine
Associate Professor Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Prof. Scott Valentine is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy. He comes to LKY School from Hong Kong where he was an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Policy program at the City University of Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was founding Associate Director of the International Masters of Public Policy Program at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo and Director of the Campus Asia program. In 2012, he was recipient of GraSPP’s inaugural Outstanding Professor Award. Prior academic posts have included positions at National Sun Yat Sen University (Taiwan), National Chengchi University (Taiwan), and Shinawatra University (Thailand). Scott’s academic achievements include: PhD Public Policy (NUS), DBA (CalSouthern), MBA (Adelaide), MSc in Environmental Management (NUS), and MA in Advanced Japanese Studies (Sheffield).

Scott also boasts over 20 years of diverse international business experience – specializing in business development and organizational change. Past positions include Executive Vice-President of Vektor Multimedia Japan, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Development International, Dean of the British Education College in Tokyo (affiliated with the UK Northern Consortium), and Director of the British Council Training Centre in Taiwan. In executive education, Scott has worked extensively with the Japanese International Cooperation Center to provide leadership training to senior officials of the Indonesian foreign service, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport and the UAE’s foreign ministry. In Singapore, he has designed and delivered workshops in strategy to members of Singapore’s Home Team.

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