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Have you ever heard about policy dialogue? Have you wondered what policy dialogue is and what it is not? Did you know that policy dialogue is a key channel of communication between different advocacy groups, stakeholders and decision-makers? If not, this course is for you.

This course explains step-by- step what policy dialogue is, what are its aims and objectives, and how to plan its timing with policy development processes so that they feed each other.

This course will help you learn how to develop key features of successful policy dialogue: leadership, ownership, collaboration, relationship building, communication, information sharing, flexibility, trust and transparency. By providing examples of policy dialogues from ENP countries, the course offers a number of hints on how to analyse the political context, develop networks, coalitions and partnerships.

It also provides guidelines for the organisation of policy dialogues, i.e. how to choose the type, length and size of meetings and a venue, define agenda, invite participants and predetermine their roles.

By following this course, you will learn how to prepare and structure policy dialogues. You will be able to answer a number of key questions pertaining to the aim and objectives of policy dialogue, the way policy dialogue works and how to plan its timing process. You will also gain a professional approach to policy dialogue and will be prepared for a successful implementation of your agenda.


Lesson 1: Introduction to policy dialogues
  • What is policy dialogue?
  • Definition of policy dialogue
  • What are the aim and objectives of policy dialogue?
  • How does policy dialogue work?
  • What is the timing of policy dialogue and policy development process?
  • How can policy dialogue feed into the policy development process?
  • How can policy dialogue contribute to improving a policy and decision making process?
  • Policy dialogue experience from Georgia
Lesson 2: Organisation of policy dialogues
  • Type, length and size of meeting
  • Public or private dialogue?
  • Participants
  • Agenda
  • Venue
  • Background papers
  • Facilitator
Lesson 3: Inclusion in policy dialogues
  • Understand political context and policy processes
  • Organise campaigns
  • Conduct pilot projects
  • Develop strong evidence
  • Build credibility
  • Develop and strengthen capacity

Lesson 4: Preparing a policy engagement strategy
  • Analyse the problem
  • Analyse the stakeholders of a problem
  • The influence and interest matrix
  • Identify policy-influencing objective and check forces for and against change
  • Force field analysis
  • Build relationships
  • Develop networks, coalitions and partnerships
  • Prepare a policy briefing paper
  • Build evidence
  • Prepare a communications strategy
  • Prepare well for the discussion and be ready to negotiate
  • Policy dialogue experience from Tunisia
Lesson 5: Participating in policy dialogues
  • Participation
  • Preparing and structuring the dialogue
  • Moderating the dialogue
  • Mapping factors of issues under discussion
  • Visibility in negotiations
  • Working groups
  • Informal consultations
  • Individual meetings
  • Achieving consensus
  • Obtaining commitments
Lesson 6: Following up on policy dialogues
  • Evaluate the policy dialogue
  • Comment on the report
  • Follow-up on next steps identified
Final test

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Self enrolment (Student)