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 Graduate School of Public Policy offers the Essentials of Policy Development program.

Key Information

Date & Duration: 27 April 2018

Graduate School of Public Policy
Nazarbayev University
Block C3, room 1.010
53 Kabanbay batyr avenue
Astana, Kazakhstan 010000

Program Fees: 75 000 per person

Contact: Executive Education Department
Graduate School of Public Policy
Tel: (+7) 7172 70 91 56
Email: execed.gspp@nu.edu.kz

Application deadline: April 10, 2018



Participants in this course will gain detailed foundational knowledge and frameworks to understand the policy development process, from conceptualizing public policy to evaluating options and measuring the outcomes and impacts. The program will also equip participants with analytical, decision making, evaluation, and communication tools to help them become more effective in their roles.


• Policy Capacity and the Policy Process
• Monitoring and Implementation
• Administrative Capacity in Action
• Formulating and Assessing Workable Solutions
• Evidence Based Policy Making
• Handling Complexities in Public Policy
• Policy Evaluation
• Stakeholder Management: A Case Study



IFTIKHAR LODHI, Assistant Professor/Lead faculty

Education: Ph.D., Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Research Areas: Public Policy Theory, Analysis, and Evaluation, International and Comparative Public Policy, International Relations and Institutions, and Energy Policy and Climate Change.

Before joining the GSPP at NU, Dr. Lodhi taught at National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia and at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Dr. Lodhi has over ten years of research, teaching, and consultancy experience in policy formulation, analysis, and evaluation. His previous published and current research focuses on issues pertaining to global governance, globalization, policy capacity, and Asia's relations with the great powers, namely China and the United States.

SERIK ORAZGALIYEV, Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Politics and International Studies, 2016, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK)

Research Areas: Governments and multinational enterprises (MNEs), institutions and development policies, comparative constitutional law, Central Asian Studies, political economy of petroleum resource management.