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Introduction to Appreciative Policy Making

  • 26 Nov 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82nd Ave NW)
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In all good policy making the goal is to move your organization from being reactionary - dealing with each issue as they arise, to visionary - creating policies that help shape your organization into what it wishes to be in the future.

This means that good policies are not just about templates, lists of topics, and directions. Instead, they take a deeper look at the culture you wish to have in your organization.

No policy manual is perfect, but the goal is to create a manual that is right for your organization both in the present and for what you wish to become.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • have a strong understanding of what makes a good policy
  • have a better sense of how to draft strong policies
  • know what presentation format makes the most sense for your organization.

Want to know more before you register?

Not all policies are created equal. The rules we live, work, and play under impact our behaviors and our organization’s state of health. When I talk about policy manuals and policy writing, I almost always, return to my training in appreciative inquiry (AI). One of the guiding beliefs in Appreciative Inquiry is that organizations move in the direction of what they study. The way we frame rules, decisions, and key documents shapes how we think about them.

The types of rules we make influence how we evaluate our programs, staff, and volunteers. These rules shape behavior and the individuals involved tend to behave in a way that satisfies the policies requirements rather than build towards the organizations aspirations.

Here is an example:

Sick days – Why do we allow them and how many should we have?

If the staff have too few they may choose to save them for a rainy day. As a result, they come in when they have a cold or flu, kindly sharing it with the office. Staff that are allowed to bank their unused time tend to have fewer sick days. 

We try to address these ideas when we take part in appreciative policy writing.

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