Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles, which are organized under three themes, have been helpful in characterizing a number of teaching topics.
I. What is implementation and implementation ‘space’? Examining the policy/delivery continuum, or where implementation fits in the policy process: how the upfront choice of policy tool or mix of tools (legislation, regulation, tax incentives, direct spending, etc.) influences implementation options and strategies; the complexity of the implementation landscape, where there are many players beyond government itself and where it is critical to know and understand the distinctive competencies of each and the role each can play in determining implementation success or failure.
What is Implementation?
The Demand for Effective Implementation
II. How does the broader context affect implementation? Policy implementation unfolds in an environment where there are a range of constraints, including time, money, legal, institutional, organizational and other real world influences on what can be accomplished. The political context and public policy cycle of any government are major factors that determine implementation strategy. Significantly these are driven by fiscal realities and by the role that both conventional and new media play in influencing and shaping ideas and public opinion on how well policy is being delivered.
The Political Context
The Implementation Environment
III. What are some of the critical success factors in implementation? An implementation strategy must balance and integrate a number of key considerations, starting with an understanding of the policy objective to be achieved, or the problem to be solved, and a solid assessment of risk, or what’s at stake in achieving it. Then it becomes the challenge of creating a delivery network that will lever success and of getting the governance and accountability relationships right to drive performance and achieve the desired outcomes. Leadership can be viewed as the glue that pulls it all together.
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Translating Context into Action
Designing the Delivery Network
Outcomes, Governance and Accountability
Assessing and Mitigating Risk
Evaluating Implementation Options