Official Description

3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Introduction to research and policy analysis in a legislative environment, differences between legislative and academic research, types of policy analysis, role of parliamentary staff in the formulation of policy and legislative proposals, the analytic process, effective use of information in parliaments and presentation for legislative audiences, value of objective information, value and uses of partisan information, and writing for legislators.

Topics Covered

Discover how you can adopt successful methods to contribute to the legislative process as an effective member of parliamentary staff.

Featured topics include:

  • The role of staff in the formulation of policy and legislative proposals
  • Research and policy analysis
  • Various types of policy analysis
  • The role of the parliamentary policy analyst
  • The analytic process
  • Six critical steps necessary for useful policy analysis in a legislative environment
  • The effective use of information in parliaments
  • Proper presentation for legislative audiences and consumers
  • The value of objective information to legislators and other staff
  • The particular value and uses of partisan information
  • Recommendations on writing for legislators

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed to enable you to:

  • Appreciate the role of parliamentary staff in policy formulation and legislative development
  • Explain the critical steps for useful policy analysis in a legislative environment
  • Highlight the differences between parliamentary and academic research
  • Understand good research practice in parliaments, such as sources of information, networking inside and outside the parliament, drafting for parliamentary research, and the value of oral briefings
  • Understand the role of information management in parliamentary business
  • Review encryption and security techniques that will protect sensitive parliamentary information
  • Explore outreach techniques that will help make parliamentary work an integral part of national life, including the use of web sites, social media, and simulated parliaments for students and the public


Thanks to the wealth of information introduced and the wide-ranging viewpoints on the various discussion areas, these courses have been instrumental in providing me with a better understanding of my role within parliament.”
- Vernanda Raymond, Clerk of Parliament, Dominica

Applies Towards the Following Programs

Section(s) offered
Section Title
Parliamentary Research
Language of Delivery
Online Course
Nov 13, 2023 to Dec 22, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Format(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $995.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
No drop request allowed after enrollment
Transfer Request Deadline
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Withdrawal Request Deadline
No withdrawal request allowed after enrollment
Section Notes

Minimum Registration Policy
A minimum number of registrations is required for this course section to be offered. The School reserves the right to cancel any course section when a minimum number of registrations has not been reached 7 days prior to the start date. In the event of a cancellation, the course fee will be refunded in full.


Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy

  • Any time prior to the 1st class: Course Drop Period with Full Refund.
  • After the 1st and before the 2nd class: Course Withdrawal Period with Full Refund.
  • After the 2nd class before the 3rd class: Course Withdrawal with No Refund.
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