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Policy Development and Management for Municipal Sector
In any modern democratic state, there is a policy framework that spells out the broad principles or values that will enable policymakers to set up guidelines and procedures for management of municipal affairs. Different approaches, models, mechanisms and instruments are developed for political, social and cultural technological context.

Purpose of the course:

• After completion of the programme, participants will have an informed understanding of relevant legislation and processes, needed to be followed to develop municipal policies. • To make learners and managers of municipalities to realise that it is often the results of swift government reaction to perceive crisis situations with frequently unforeseen complexities. It is therefore important to study policy to be sensitised to the fact that the mechanisms of policy process may produce different results or outcomes in different contexts.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
N/A
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Knowledge in the field of municipal administration.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

MODULE 1 (230488):

CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS ORGANISATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT 

At the end of the learning cycle, the learners will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant legislation and policies and sources.
  • Components/elements of legislation and policies.
  • The impact of historical, social, political and economic developments on policy formulation.
  • The relationships between legislation, policies, and allocation of resources.
  • The nature and purpose of policies.
  • Models of policy.
  • The articulation and role of policies.
  • Processes of policy formulation and quality criteria for policy.
  • Steps in policy development and principles of policy design.
  • Sectors or groups whose interests are most served and sectors or groups that are ignored or marginalised.
  • Policy evaluation perspectives.
  • Feasibility of policies.
  • Policy biases.
  • Techniques that contribute to policy development
1.  Explain current legislation and policies applicable to .organisations

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Classify all relevant sources of legislation and policies for specific contexts. 

 

 ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Identify accurately components/elements of legislation and policies.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Describe relevant legislation and policies in terms of the impact of historical, social, political and economic developments on their formulation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Find elements of legislation and policies that impact on specific contexts and describe the impact in terms of specific examples from such contexts

2.  Describe the processes that contribute to the development of policies

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Describe the relationships between legislation, policies, and allocation of resources based on specific policy development concepts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Define the nature and purpose of policies for specific organisation contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Distinguish and explain models of policy accurately with examples from specific contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Explain with examples the articulation and role of policies from specific contexts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Identify and describe processes in terms of quality criteria for policy. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 

Name accurately steps in policy development and principles of policy design. 

3.  Identify gaps in policies that impact in specific contexts.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify the purpose of relevant policies accurately. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Identify sectors or groups whose interests are most served and sectors or groups that are ignored or marginalised by specific policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Evaluate policies are against context requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Determine the feasibility of policies in terms of logistics, resources, attitudinal barriers and characteristics of the target group/s. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Describe identified policy biases based on verifiable evidence.

4.  Prepare and use techniques that contribute to policy development in organisations.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Identify techniques accurately. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Confirm that selected techniques are appropriate for specific contexts and meet available resource requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Consult all relevant stakeholders and their representatives according to agreed procedures.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Check that consultation and meetings meet stakeholder requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 

Record and disseminate information generated in an accessible format and according to agreed procedures. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 

Present contributions to all relevant stakeholders, and integrate feedback as agreed. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 

Make contributions to specific areas of authority to specified persons/organisations according to agreed procedures. 

MODULE  2  (255574):

PARTICIPATE IN MUNICIPAL POLICY MAKING AND ANALYSIS PROCESSES 

At the end of the learning cycle, the learners will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The Public Services Act.
  • The Municipal Systems Act and the Municipal Structures Act.
  • The Promotion of Access the Information Act.
  • The Batho-Pele White Paper on Transforming Public Sector Service Delivery.
  • Public Sector Corporate Governance policies and procedures.
  • Public Finance Management Act.
  • The basic principles and theories of policy analysis and design.
  • Concepts and models relating to local government policy and programme design.
  • Monitoring and evaluation methods and techniques. 
  • Basic policy planning and implementation techniques and methods.
  • Basic policy research tools.
1.  Demonstrate a basic understanding of and apply theories and concepts relating to policy design, implementation, and evaluation

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Explain with examples the purpose and history of policy design, implementation and evaluation in the local government context. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Identify and explain with examples factors that policymakers need to know to ensure effective policy design in relation to current policy design requirements and existing frameworks in own local government context. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Discuss types of research questions and problems relating to current policy design needs in the context of current local government objectives, trends, and strategies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Identify methods for practicing, orienting and structuring policy and programme evaluation research according to appropriateness for local government environment. 

2.  basic understanding of policy design or improvement success factors.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Discuss with an example the relationship between policy failure and policy design.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Explain with examples the elements of effective design and improvements relating to local government policies. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Describe Contexts for, and patterns in, policy design decision-making are in relation to own local government context. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Analyse and discuss policy design literature and resources in the context of the current policy design debate. 

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of local government policy interventions.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Debate and analyse local government policy administration in line with its uses and in relation to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation thereof. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Clarify the limits to successful public policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and the reasons for local government policy implementation failures.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Distinguish and apply methods of improving the performance of local government policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation to future and existing programmes within own work context

4.  Evaluate the requirements of a valid by-law.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 

Explain with examples the transformation of policy into legally compliant by-laws and other relevant legislation and resolutions.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 

Describe with examples municipal by-law and resolutions.

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 

Clarify with examples the processes and methods for effectively evaluating the efficacy of the requirements of a valid by-law. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 

Evaluate the requirements of a by-law in own work context and submit a report.

 

Assessment: 
Formative and Summative.
Method of assessment: 
Summative: Examination/Case studies/ Group projects Formative: Class tests/ /Assignments

Additional information

L48 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
Policy makers in the municipal affairs as well as those learners who wish to enter the arena of municipal affairs.
Contact us
Name: 
UCE
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821