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Implementing Public Policy

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Program Director: Amber Thacher
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Session Description

For information about requirements to participate in an executive program on the Harvard Kennedy School campus, please visit this page.

This program is divided into online, on campus, and action learning components offered in three phases.

Phase 1 (May 16-June 10): The first online module 
Phase 2 (June 11-17): The on campus program in Cambridge, MA.
Phase 3 (June 20-December 9): The online action learning component 

Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing and most meals during your phase 2 on campus program, and curricular materials.
Executive Certificate: This program is part of the Economic Development, Public Leadership and Public Policy Executive Certificate series.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.

Are you a public policymaker frustrated with the limited impact of your government’s policies? Do you see many policy ideas starting out with promise but ending up incomplete or ineffectively implemented? Are you trying to improve implementation? 

If so, you are not alone.
New public policy ideas that promise to solve many of society’s problems are constantly emerging in governments, nonprofit and corporate organizations across the world. Unfortunately, studies show that more than half of these ideas fail during implementation, thus falling short of achieving their intended—and much needed—results. 

Why is policy implementation failure so common? What can be done to overcome challenges and roadblocks so that we can achieve successful policy outcomes more frequently and make real change happen? 

Hear from Participants of Implementing Public Policy

Hear from alumni of the Implementing Public Policy executive program at Harvard Kennedy School, led by Faculty Chair Matt Andrews.

Implementing Public Policy is designed to equip policymakers around the world with both the skills to analyze policies, as well as the field-tested tools and tactics to successfully implement them. 

The program is innovative, and practical. It builds on the traditional executive education program experience through a seven month engagement that blends online, on campus and applied action learning.