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Building Blocks is a full-service provider to the federal government, providing training, consulting, and facilitation services. In addition, we offer a range of free ideas relating to public policy issues.
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2 days
$995.00

This workshop is designed to provide you with the tools and techniques to support you in carrying out effective consultations. You will learn to maximize the value of stakeholder intervention while minimizing the use of resources.

2 days
$995.00

This two-day workshop will build your confidence to prepare written documents for government or business. It will provide you with techniques to improve the style, tone, and logical flow of your routine correspondence such as emails, letters and short reports. This course is designed for both people with limited writing experience, and those looking for a refresher to improve their writing skills.

How to draft clear, concise and persuasive texts

2 days
$995.00

This two-day workshop will enhance your skills to get results by making a logical case and meeting the information needs of management. You will learn how to build your analytical argument with a reader-focus to support your strategic recommendations.

Techniques to deliver a clear message

1 day
$545.00

This workshop will help you to more effectively convey your message through plain language techniques that apply to a range of writing tasks.

Deliverology: Helping to create a climate of programs focused on results

2 days
$995.00

This course addresses your need for a better understanding of the government’s new Policy on Results and its delivery approach.

2 days
$995.00

This two-day workshop will enhance your skills at writing web content that focuses on readers’ needs. Practical exercises will include critiquing actual web pages and writing well-organized and clear content. You will learn to use words that matter to the readers, and to develop content that is easy-to-read and easy-to-understand so readers can quickly find what they are looking for.

How to convey technical information effectively

2 days
$995.00

This two-day workshop will strengthen your skills to convey technical information in plain language, so that your documentation is easy to understand and easy to follow for the reader. You will learn and practise key concepts, critique samples and review checklists.

Effective tools for good public policy

3 days
$1,395.00

Designed with both policy analysts and subject-matter experts in mind, this workshop will provide you with some effective tools that will help in formulating good public policy. You will learn how to identify a clear problem and set realistic objectives; how to analyze problems and their solutions; and how to assess and identify the best options.

What you need to know to sell your ideas and work within a hierarchy
1 day
$545.00

You have completed your policy analysis, a project plan, a draft contribution agreement or maybe you just need to get agreement on your vacation plan. Now you need to communicate this: maybe you actually need to sell it, a term that public servants hate to use. You will learn how to adjust your message according to your audience, the rudiments of an effective presentation, how to be assertive, and how to take feedback.

How you can work effectively in government
3 days
$1,395.00

This workshop provides both a broad and a detailed road map of government. You will learn about the mechanics of government and Parliament, policy-making and budgetary processes, legislation, and regulations. You can use this workshop as a starting point for our other workshops that provide intensive training in one particular skill set.

Writing operational policies and procedures that are easily understood and provide clear guidance
2 days
$995.00

This workshop will equip participants with tools and techniques to write operational policies that clearly define the requirements for operational staff and related procedures that guide a performer in completing a given task. You will learn the characteristics of well-written policies and procedures and how to draft coherent operational policy statements and understandable procedures following proven techniques.

An introduction to How Policies are Developed
1 day
$545.00

This workshop provides an introduction to policy development for both subject-matter experts and policy analysts. You will learn how policies are developed within government, the difference between big- and small-P policy and policy instruments and a basic analytical framework within which policy can be formulated and analyzed.

How to craft an effective briefing note to the Minister and senior levels
1 day
$545.00

This workshop helps writers prepare a succinct document, with ideas logically presented and in an easy to-read format. You will learn how to analyze and structure your information, ensuring a concise first draft with a targeted summary. The workshop offers tips that apply to a wide range of templates and styles.

1 day
$545.00

You will learn some of the strategies for preparing an effective Memorandum to Cabinet (MC) and for moving it through the system without unnecessary delay.

An introduction to better controlling your workdays
1 day
$545.00

Projects, tasks, do-its, to-dos, ministerial dockets, QPs: this is the day-to-day world that you live in. This course will provide you with a suite of basic tools to help you manage your work, your time, and thereby reduce your level of stress. You will learn how to scope a project, leading to a more robust project plan; how to manage your time more effectively, and how to balance multiple and competing demands on your time.

How to give management the goods in only a few minutes
2 days
$995.00

This workshop provides tools and checklists that will help you to prepare for a succinct briefing that is to the point, on target and achieves your objective. You will learn about your audience, and about how their information needs are often quite different than what you may want to tell them. The structure of the briefings will be centered around addressing three questions: What? So what? and Now what?

2 days
$995.00

While MCs are used to receive program or policy approval from Cabinet, Treasury Board Submissions (TB Subs) are used to provide new spending authorities. You will learn about the planning environment in which TB Subs are considered and then strategies for preparing an effective TB Sub and for moving it through the system without unnecessary delay.

What all public servants need to know about financial stewardship
1 day
$545.00

Public servants are trusted with Canadians’ hard earned tax dollars to run their programmes. That means that there is a higher level of expectations and scrutiny placed on financial stewardship in government compared to the private sector. This workshop provides an ethical, legal, and policy-based perspective on the management of money within a government programme. Your will learn about the laws and policies that govern expenditures and some of the issues that you will be faced with as you or your colleagues deal with committing government funds.

2 days
$995.00

This workshop first provides a road map to help participants understand the sequencing of various parts of the legislative process, and to build a planning framework. You will learn how to analyze policy options, manage a project, and write an MC and drafting instructions.

2 days
$995.00

This workshop builds on the analytical framework established within the Policy ToolBox workshop, first by reviewing the first three analytical steps through a regulatory lens, and then by addressing several other key areas of concern for regulatory programs. You will learn about compliance strategies, drafting instructions, and special tools that help you to make appropriate choices of instruments consistent with the CDSR.

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