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Understanding government, politics and policy making – public training workshop for NGOs

A virtual one-day training workshop on understanding the UK government for NGOs.

We offer a one-day virtual training workshop on understanding UK government and policy making which is open to anyone in a relevant role working at an NGO.

Register your interest, to receive notification of when the course will be available to book.

What this workshop will cover

Our virtual workshops will help staff from NGOs understand how UK government works and how they can feed their research, evidence, and expertise into the policy making process.  
You will: 

  • gain an improved understanding of the landscape of government in the UK
  • learn how policy making works in practice, and how it is shaped by the political context 
  • consider how to present research and evidence to inform policy making 
  • develop a map of policy stakeholders in your area of interest.

You can see further details about what our workshop covers in our sample agenda

Who should attend

We expect that attendees will have a policy or public engagement role in an NGO. The workshop will be of particular use to those who are new to the world of government and policy making, or who are looking to refresh their knowledge of how government works in the UK.  

What to expect

Workshops will be delivered online via Zoom. See a sample agenda. We aim to make our virtual workshops engaging, informative and practical – and there will also be breaks throughout the day. We’ll provide opportunities for you to connect with other participants and learn from each other during the session. 

The number of attendees will be limited to 20 to ensure everybody has the chance to contribute to the discussion. Please note that you will be attending this session alongside attendees from a range of other NGOs.  

Workshops will be delivered by Katie Thorpe and Dr Alice Lilly from the Institute for Government, who have in-depth knowledge and expertise in UK government and policy making, as well as years of experience in delivering engaging workshops to academics and others outside government. 

Registration, booking, and prices 

If you’re interested in attending our virtual workshop for NGOs, please register your interest – and we’ll be in touch with details about how to book. 

We charge £385 for the first attendee and £335 for additional attendees from your organisation.

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