Thirty-eight participants invited from the various Ministries and Corporations were capacity built on Public Sector Policy skills, with four key themes highlighted including:
• Being familiar with general concepts of design, implementation and evaluation of public policy, including the roles played by politics, evidence and rationality in the decision-making process.
• Having enhanced their abilities to critically conceptualize policy problems, generate policy alternatives and provide effective advice to decision-makers.
• Recognizing the relevance of strategic thinking foresight and better peripheral vision to optimize analysis, design and implementation.
• Understand the applicability of policy tools for pursuing an effective and efficient public service.
The caliber of participants that attended the training included line managers, middle management as well as senior staff members aspiring to be Policy makers in the future.
“The course has achieved its aim by providing employees with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to efficiently and effectively support the role and responsibility of their individual ministry or corporation, including the implementation of key strategies of the Government of Samoa. This training enhanced professional skills in developing sound policies that are relevant and can be effectively implemented.”
The Training for Public Sector Policy, Research, Development & Analysis was conducted by Mata’afa Desmond Amosa with Angela Palu-Phineas (Principal Training & Development Consultant) and Faafetai Vaevaina (Principal Human Resource Planning) as Co-Trainers.
Soóalo Sydney Faásau, SICTP Manager, in the presentation of Certificates for the Participants congratulates the participants and confirmed the current Recognition of all Samoa In Country Training Programme (SICTP) courses under Non Formal Learning by the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA). He also acknowledged the support from MNRE through GEF/EWACC Project and also the Government of Samoa (Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development & Continuing Education – NUS) and the Development Partners (NZAID & DFAT), through the continuation of this vital Capacity Building initiative for all sectors in Samoa, under the Education Sector Support Programme (ESSP) 2015 – 2018.