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Policy and Impact Futures

Explore the skills needed to develop fit-for-purpose policy. Introducing the Australian policy cycle – and the frameworks and context surrounding policy – you will learn to navigate real-world policy challenges and complex decision-making environments.

Policy and Impact Futures: Understanding Contemporary Policy Making in Practice


for eligible students from ATN member universities.

priority enrolment

to students who have completed 3 or more Level 1 Frontiers modules.


All levels of knowledge and experience in this area

This 4-week module is based on the premise that evidence-based policy is at the core of all reform; and that quality government and public policy emerges from, and is formed in, the analysis of key internal and external forces.

It offers you a foundation in the principles, knowledge and skills needed for policy formulation, strategy, implementation and review. Contextualising key policy frameworks, you will explore their impact, real-word challenges and opportunities.

Accompanying the two workshops are pre-readings and reflection tasks, helping you develop a contextual understanding of the topics explored in class. You will complete both an individual and group assessment, exploring a policy challenge and developing a solution.

Module topics:

Over two live online workshops you will explore:

Assessment: This module includes two group assessment tasks, the final of which is due towards the end of Week 4.

Orientation and group allocations: Before the official start of the module, you will be asked to complete a short form that will help the team to get to know you a little better and assign you to a group.

Learning hours: Total of approximately 15 hours of learning across 4 weeks. Your learning will consist of approx. 9 hours of asynchronous online learning within the OpenLearning platform + 6 hours and 45 minutes of synchronous learning in a series of live online facilitated workshops with your expert facilitators (dates and times in the 2024 Delivery Dates section below).

Facilitation team: UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this module you will be able to:

  • Understand what good policy is; and how to develop, implement and review its impacts
  • Conceptualise, strategise and practise skills in contemporary public policy making
  • Employ techniques for approaching complex policy issues in a volatile and changing environment

2024 Delivery Dates

4 March – 29 March

Online Workshops
7 March 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT)
14 March 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT)
21 March 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT)

29 April – 24 May

Online Workshops
2 May 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)
9 May 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)
16 May 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)

8 July – 2 August

Online Workshops
11 July 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)
18 July 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)
23 July 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)

7 October – 1 November

Online Workshops
10 October 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)
17 October 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)
24 October 2024 (12:45 pm – 3:00 pm AEST)