Enhancing Your Government Relations Strategies and Influencing Public Policy

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Date(s) - 17/11/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pulford Community Living Services

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Enhancing Your Government Relations Strategies and Influencing Public Policy

9:00am to 4:00pm

November 17, 2016 / January 12, 2017 / February 8, 2017

Abilities Manitoba is pleased to partner with the Manitoba Institute for Policy Research to offer our members this informative three-day series.

Day 1: November 17, 2016

Working with Government I:  How Government Works

One day long, an introductory workshop providing an overview of key institutions, office and processes in Manitoba’s political system, introducing voluntary sector participants to 1) how government is organized and 2) how public policy is created; including how a problem is defined, how potential solutions are developed and chosen, how public policy is developed, how public policy is implemented (including through partnerships with the voluntary sector), and how public policy is evaluated.  The day will consist of two lectures by the facilitators and interactive discussions focused on case studies and methods for interacting with government.

Day 2: January 12, 2017

Working with Government II:  Building a Government Relations Strategy

Building on Government I, this one day workshop will focus on development of a government relations strategy for organizations having an existing relationship with government(s) or wanting to build a relationship to help facilitate goals and objectives.  It will address key questions, including “What do you want to achieve?  What do you want government(s) to know about your organization and its goals, objectives, challenges, and successes? How and when will you communicate with government?  This workshop will provide an introduction to government relations and hands-on work toward a strategy for an organization.

Day 3: February 8, 2017

Framing Your Issues

Building upon Government I and II, this workshop will provide an overview of the framing process and time to work through how framing can work for an organization.  Every organization tells a story about (or frames) the problems/issues they are passionate about.  But governments and the public face competing stories.  This workshop will address the question: “How can your organization best present (or frame) your issues so that they can capture the attention of governments and the public?”

Workshop Leaders:

Karine Levasseur, Ph.D.

Karine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.  She earned a Ph.D. in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.  While Karine has many research interests, she is particularly interested in how governments in Canada relate (or do not relate) to voluntary organizations.  Her research explores how voluntary organizations can become more meaningfully involved in public policy development, and not just resigned to implement public policy decisions made without their involvement.

Andrea Rounce, Ph.D.

Dr. Andrea Rounce is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba and Chair of the Joint Master of Public Administration Program.  She teaches and researches in public administration.  A primary focus is government’s use of public opinion and consultation; public sector governance; and research methodology.  Emphasizing the need to bridge theory and practice, Andrea also works with public sector organizations on policy and governance issues while working collaboratively on community engagement and education projects around elections and voting.

Please contact margo@abilitiesmanitoba.org with any dietary or accessibility requirements.


Bookings are closed for this event.