PPG1007, Section I – Week 1

… agenda for PPG1007, Section I, 10 January 2018

Course Overview and Key Themes

1 – Your instructor

2 – Pedagogical approach: competencies-concepts-cases

  • The course aims to build three competencies:
  1. Applying concepts from relevant subjects to develop practical measures to respond to public management issues and to develop strategies to implement them successfully
  2. Communicating on public management issues, through effective speaking, writing, and presenting
  3. Working productively in groups and understanding principles of leadership
  • Drawing on carefully selected concepts and cases
  • Selecting cases that are real, in that student’s product from the case analysis may actually influence a decision maker in the case
  • Using repetition and quizzes to address Learning and Forgetting Curves

3 – Learning outcomes

  • Concept knowledge (refined and demonstrated through concept comprehension quizzes and use in assignments)
  • Strategic management skills (refined and demonstrated in case work)
  • Communication skills (refined and demonstrated in 60-second briefs, 3-minute group briefs, briefing notes, and group slide-show presentations)
  • Group working skills (refined and demonstrated in breakout groups and group presentations)
  • Note similarities in learning outcomes to those described in Learning and Development for OPS Executives and Competencies Targeted in Public Manager Training.

4 – Course format

  • Weeks 3 and 9 are plenary sessions
  • Other weeks are “meetings” with “agendas” and name cards
  • Breakout group exercises during each non-plenary class except final presentations class (Week 11)

5 – Groups and group work

  • The students plus instructor and TA (group of 18)
  • Minister’s Briefing teams (groups of 4)
  • Breakout groups (groups of 4)
Breakout groups (full names and photos on Blackboard)
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6 – Cases

7 – Oral briefs

The two prototypical oral briefs will be:

  • 60-second brief – typically in round-the-table format where each student speaks for one minute on an issue, using techniques similar to Elevator Pitch
  • 3-minute brief – typically from each of four breakout groups, with the group deciding on how many and which students speak on behalf of the group

The oral briefs may be made without circulated paper but if images are useful they can be exhibited, for example, by emailing the file to the instructor who can project it on the screen.

8 – Schedule for oral briefs and assignments

Schedule for Oral Briefs and Assignments
(some assignments due on evening before class)

Class Oral Briefs
Briefing Notes
Minister’s Briefings
10 Jan 60-sec briefs on FN
17 Jan 60-sec briefs on experience

3-min briefs on FNWMS

Workshop: one of Monday, 15 January 11:30am-1:00pm OR
Wednesday, 17 January 12:00pm-2:00pm
Submit preferences
24 Jan (P)
31 Jan 3-min briefs on challenges First Note due
7 Feb 3-min briefs on players
14 Feb 3-min briefs on pol insts Workshop: Friday, 16 February 12:30-2:00pm
28 Feb 60-secs briefs on Note Second Note due
7 Mar 3-min briefs on models
14 Mar (P)
21 Mar Dry run presentations
28 Mar Final presentations
4 Apr 60-sec briefs on proposal

Group memos

Final PowerPoints

9 – 2:45 pm Introduction of our guests and the SPPG – INAC connection

  • Rob St. Pierre, MPP2017 and Policy Analyst, INAC, and liaison with INAC
  • Kristen Young, MPP2018 and former INAC Evaluation Intern
  • The SPPG – INAC background
  • Quick commentary by Kristen Young on working in the INAC Ontario office
  • What PPG1007 Section I will produce for Indigenous Services Canada:
    1. Implementation strategy briefing notes for 17 First Nations communities in Ontario currently under boil water advisories
    2. Implementation strategy briefing decks (pdfs of PowerPoints) for 4 policy challenges of interest
  • Quick commentary by Rob St. Pierre on the five potential topics for the Minister’s Briefing Cases
    1. First Nations Drinking Water strategy – Lessons from Ontario
    2. Accelerating Indigenous self-government in Ontario
    3. Services for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto
    4. Using outcomes-based funding to improve postsecondary outcomes of Indigenous students in Ontario
    5. The appropriate role for performance measurement in the transformation of First Nations education
  • Quick commentary by Rob St. Pierre on the format of INAC briefing notes
    • For an example of a briefing note using the format see Regional-Office-Collaborative-Project-with-PPG1007.pdf
    • NOTE: PPG1007 Briefing Note Workshop led by Danielle Pineda and Nicola Dalla Guarda will be this Monday, 15 January, at 11:30 and Wednesday, 17 January, at 12:00

10 – First 60-second brief round-the-table (20 minutes)

Each student should speak for one minute, and:

  1. Introduce yourself
  2. Locate on the projected map (Maps Locating First Nations Communities in Ontario) the First Nation to which you have been assigned
  3. Describe your first impressions of the community and its drinking water challenges

BREAK (about 3:30 – 3:40 pm)

11 – Course norms

12 – Week-by-week outline

13 – Course marking

  • Briefing Note (1): 15%
  • Briefing Note (2): 30%
  • Minister’s Briefing (group mark): 40%
  • Participation: 15%
    • pre-class preparation demonstrated in concept comprehension quizzes: 12%
    • contribution to group and class discussion, including oral briefs: 3%
    • missing a class without a valid reason emailed to the instructor: -2%
Letter grade to number mark grid for assignments
Midpoint BN1 BN2 MR Sum
15% 30% 40% 85%
A+ 95 14 29 38 81
A 87 13 26 35 74
A- 82 12 25 33 70
B+ 78 12 23 31 66
B 75 11 23 30 64
B- 71 11 21 28 60
  • What SPPG professors are asked in providing a reference for a student

14 – Other resources

15 – Reflections on the e-mails from students on experience, job preferences, and expectations

16 – Breakout Group Discussion (15 minutes)

  • Quick internet research on the clients for the Minister’s Briefing Cases
    • Group 1: Philpott
    • Group 2: Tremblay
    • Group 3: Perron
    • Group 4: Scotton
  • Self-organize for next week’s presentations
  • Select which two of this week’s 10 core concepts is most relevant to addressing the First Nations Drinking Water challenge and select one group member to share the group’s conclusions in the seminar discussion of the concepts

17 – Seminar discussion on Minister’s Briefing clients and on selected concepts in The Study of Implementation and Delivery

Public Policy


Opportunity Cost

Principal-Agent Problem

Public Choice Theory

Allison’s Three Models of Government Action

Downs’ Typology of Officials

Pressman & Wildavsky’s Implementation Model

Bardach’s Implementation Game

Bardach’s Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

18 – Supplementary concepts in the Study of Policy Analysis and Implementation

Policy Design

Public Good

Implementation vs. Policy Design Implementation Theory

19 – Other matters

20 – Next week: PPG1007 Week 2, Strategic Implementation in the Public Sector

  • Briefing Note Workshops on Monday, 15 January 11:30 to 1:00 and Wednesday, 17 January 12:00 to 2:00 in CG160
  • Readings for Strategic Management in the Public Sector
    • Moore, Mark H. Creating Public Value: Strategic Management in Government. (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1995). Chapter 2, 52-56, Chapter 3, 57-77.
    • Moore, Mark H. Recognizing Public Value. (2013; Cambridge, Harvard University Press) pp. 1-10, plus Figure A.1. in Appendix. PDFs on Blackboard.
  • Breakout Group Readings for First Nations Drinking Water exercise
  • 60-second briefs, round the table, on knowledge and experience that can contribute to the collective class performance on the assignments and cases, for example:
    • familiarity with rural communities
    • familiarity with Indigenous communities
    • experience with water provision
    • experience with team sports and group projects
    • familiarity with the study of group dynamics and personality traits
    • experience with bureaucracy (public and private)
    • experience in written and oral communication in public policy
    • prior study in other relevant subjects
  • 3-minute briefs by breakout group on the First Nations Water Management Strategy, as documented in the above papers

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 19 February 2018. Highlighting for Week 12 review added 2 April 2018.