Courses for the MPM Batch 2014

The Governance Innovation Report (GIR) 101 aims to enable the students to understand the guidelines embodied in the Manual for GIR and apply them in the preparation of their outputs. Students will be equipped with the essentials of social research, the appropriate tools in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and report writing.

The course introduces the students to the basic elements of public policy development and the integral role of politics and public governance in the process. It allows the students to go through the different phases of public policy development and to understand relevant theoretical models and practical tools of policy analysis and decision-making. The critical examination of the policy environment and the assessment of various stakeholders at each step of the process are emphasized in the course so that those who design, implement and give advice on public policy may know how to navigate policy reform through its risks and opportunities. The course also provides opportunities for students to analyze their individual and collective roles as agents of policy reforms in their respective agencies or areas of work.

The course integrates concepts from public administration and management, political science and organizational development studies towards a deeper understanding of the government, its nature and structure, its roles and functions, and its limitations and failures. It seeks to enable students to enhance their understanding of public organizations in general and how they affect and influence government effectiveness and performance.