Official Description

3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This course provides an introduction to the importance of research and policy analysis in the legislative process, the role of staff in the formulation of policy and legislative proposals, the differences between legislative and academic research, the role of information and document management systems, encryption and security techniques used to protect sensitive parliamentary information, as well as use of social media in parliamentary context.

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


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