Future Leaders and Managers in Government: Online Modules

Learn to lead, transform the future of government

  • Business and Finance
  • 4 Weeks
  • Start Jan '20
  • Placement
Please note that these online modules are available to those taking part in the HMGoG FLAMINGO project.


FLAMINGO, or Future Leaders and Managers in Government, is an educational initiative spearheaded by HMGoG, comprising a number of bespoke modules and a placement opportunity. The University of Gibraltar, in partnership with King’s College London, will be delivering the bespoke modules for future leaders, commencing March 2020.
The future brings with it a unique set of challenges for those working in government. The FLAMINGO initiative includes a range of stand-alone, fully online masters’ level modules.
Each specialist module has been designed to equip policymakers and civil servants to meet the challenges of the future, creating leaders capable of delivering the services that citizens expect today.
These modules address the most pressing challenges, ensuring that policy professionals are prepared with both the hard and soft skills necessary to understand how power, influence and change move through political circles.


Delivered fully online over four weeks, each module includes three webinars with a King’s lecturer and a peer group of global professionals.

Flexible, fully online modules

Applicants selected for the FLAMINGO scheme will be asked to choose at least three modules, each worth five level seven credits, from the following options:

Learning What Works

Evaluation is critical. Understanding ‘what works’ is essential if we are to establish whether a policy is bringing about the outcomes we want.
There are a host of potential pitfalls, methodological mistakes and design issues that need to be recognised and mitigated if we are really to know whether our solutions to problems are really solving those problems.
In this module, we explore the role of evaluation of in policy making and provide an overview of the tools of evaluation.
Students will have the opportunity to critique existing evaluations and design an evaluation of their own.
Start date: TBC

User-Centred Digital Government

In recent years governments around the world have been adopting a new way of building and improving public services, one that is built on practices common to the internet, rather than practices common to traditional public administration.
This new approach has been driven, across a range of nations, by a group of public servants and civil society actors who share enough similarities that we can meaningfully call it a movement. This module seeks to explain what the User-Centred Digital Government movement is and why it matters to public servants and policy makers.
The module expands on the movement’s real highs and lows, of massive failures motivating positive changes, and fascinating new services being built using innovative approaches.
Start date: 03.03.2020

Robust Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

The purpose of this module is to help you better understand the nature of the problems that could benefit from Robust Decision Making (RDM) and then gain a familiarity of the mechanics of using RDM to support a decision analysis or planning process.
Our aim is that by the end of the course, you will know a deeply uncertain problem when you see one and be able to work with your colleagues to design a study to use RDM to solve such problems.
The module explains the suite of ‘Decision making in deep uncertainty’ (DMDU) methods as well as appraises their strengths and weaknesses. Students also learn to interpret scenario discovery and produce an XLRM framework, utilising a variety of robustness criteria and multi objective trade off curves.

Start date: TBC

Approaches to Policymaking

In this module, students will be introduced to the policy process: how public policies are decided upon and implemented. Making policy requires the agreement and participation of many actors, such as politicians, bureaucrats, agency heads and staff, interest groups representatives, journalists, judges, local government heads, and citizen groups as well as international actors.
In this module, students are introduced to the process of making policy in this complex world. This requires an understanding of the stages of the policy process, the difference between policy outputs and policy outcomes, and how agenda- setting takes place. The module also covers the interface between politics and policy, especially the relationship between politicians and civil servants, and the role of ideas in public policy.
Start date: TBC

Empathy and Emotion in Policymaking

Policy making is about devising solutions to help society and make people’s lives better. Yet often it can be disconnected from the lives of people it is meant to serve, overlooking valuable insights, perspectives, and world-views that might yield more responsive, inclusive and comprehensive approaches.
Recent political developments have shown the effects of this disconnect. With the rise of technology, automation, and communications means the imperatives to engage with people will continue to increase.
This module sets out ways in which policy-makers can engage more with a diverse range of voices and connect with citizens through a greater appreciation of empathy, emotions, and the very human dynamics of policy-making.
Start date: TBC

Communications, Media and Public Policy

This module offers practical tools and approaches that can be employed in order to become a more effective policy communicator, and a theoretical and empirical exploration of the changing power dynamics of the media and communications industry in the context of the so-called post truth era.
It examines how policymakers successfully navigate the twenty-first century influence industry and explains how the influence industry works, how it affects and can also distort policy. It examines the issue of ‘post truth’ politics and its impact on policymaking, adopting both a philosophical lens and a more practical one on how policymakers can operate in this new dynamic environment.
Start date: TBC

Key Models in Public Management: A Comparative Analysis

This module critiques public management models and considers their application to different public policy problems in the UK and internationally. You will benefit from involvement in academic discussion and learn from relevant case studies. You will share your work-place experiences with peers to gain an understanding of how the models play out in real world situations.
You will consider the distinctive and broader set of actors apparent in public management reform processes, going beyond the traditional core of the civil service.
This module will provide you with a comparativist perspective; exposing a variety of public management trajectories across the world. You will critically discuss the key features of each model with your peers on the course; assessing the assumptions made, the differences between them and their strengths and weaknesses.

Start date: 03.03.2020

Understanding Political Leadership

This module explores leadership in the political context. You will analyse select situations to understand how the leadership process shapes the outcomes for a society. This module will further develop your ability to thrive in any socio-cultural context.
Interactive lessons will interrogate key leadership concepts and address the issues that arise both in popular literature and within the practice of leadership, including the interchangeable use of ‘leaders’ and ‘leadership’. You will learn and apply rigorous tools and frameworks, looking beyond popular perspectives of leadership to reflect on your personal workplace and analyse leadership experiences across the globe.
This module draws theoretical and practical lessons from political leaders, including interviews with former world leaders, and asks: How do leaders influence the larger goal of change within the society? How do they remain influential in driving change within and outside political institutions?
Start date: TBC

Advanced Parliamentary Theory and Practice

Parliaments and legislatures are central institutions to a democracy. They are subject to numerous demands and whilst public reverence has long since declined, the expectations placed upon them has increased. While scrutiny principally targets the politicians, legislatures can only be as effective as the officials who work for them.
You will be introduced to the different functions that these officials are required to perform and the wider concerns involved before analysing the theoretical issues which commonly arise. Discussion forums and live webinars provide an opportunity to identify real life challenges facing yourself and your peers and evaluate appropriate responses in each context. You will also consider, from the perspective of parliamentary officials, how the institution of Parliament can support members in performing their representative roles.
This module is aimed at officials in legislatures, in particular those working in Westminster-model systems, whether in the single House of a unicameral legislature or either House of a bicameral equivalent.

Start date: TBC

The Economic Analysis of Public Policy

This module will provide you with a critical overview of the key economic concepts that policymakers need to understand during the policy process, including devising policy, critiquing policy proposals or evaluating policy, focusing on practical application in a real-world context throughout.
You will focus on themes such as markets and market failure, opportunity cost and natural monopoly. You will learn to apply the key tools and methodologies derived from these concepts to policy analysis in practice. You will also be provided with practical illustrations, including some of the common difficulties and pitfalls that arise in a policy-making context.
After successfully completing this module you have acquired acquire the skills to evaluate, interpret and critique, detailed policy-relevant analyses, produced by professional economists.
Start date: TBC

Ethics, Leadership and Governance

Experimental philosophy suggests that environment has an enormous effect on ethical awareness and motivation to act. Therefore, normalising routine engagement with ethical issues in appropriate contexts is hugely important in shaping behaviour. This is sometimes referred to as “ethical muscle memory”, representing the idea that it is easier to do the right thing if you have engaged with a situation in advance and are already familiar with the ethical landscape of the problem.
This module looks at how, even when equipped with appropriate ethical decision-making tools, both individuals and organisations can act in unethical ways.
You will develop knowledge of different ethical decision-making tools and their relative strengths and weaknesses. You will explore ways in which the factors that can erode or hide ethical decision-making can be minimised by promoting the right kinds of behaviours at the individual, leadership and institutional levels. This module will enable you to recognise and implement the practical solutions needed to prevent ethical failures at every level of an organisation.
Start date: 05.05.2020

Participatory and Deliberative Governance

This module introduces recent developments in participatory and deliberative governance. Through applied learning, you will study the theory behind democratic innovations. You will discover how implementing participatory and deliberative governance differs around the world and explore the underlying rationale.
The module will develop your skills in critical analysis and further your understanding of the role played by participatory and deliberative governance in contemporary public administration. You will be able to explain and evaluate the benefits and functionality of a variety of democratic innovations.
Start date: 30.06.2020

International Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Conflict is a key feature of international politics and all social relations. On this module you will focus on building the conceptual tools necessary for conflict analysis as well as providing insights into conflict resolution and mediation.
You will examine the causes, dynamics and options for resolution, in addition to gaining a comprehensive knowledge of conflict analysis applicable in different contexts; including political, corporate and public domains.
This module will equip you with the conceptual and empirical tools required to analyse international conflict. You will further develop your critical assessment and analytical skills which can be directly applied to progress your career, be it in business, government or the third sector.
Start date: TBC

Forecasting and Horizon-Scanning in Policymaking

Future planning has long been indispensable in policy fields where long-term spending decisions need to be future proof. Defence procurement, pension systems, energy generation, and environmental protection are all such areas and they require policy officials who can effectively plan-ahead and forecast future developments to enable better decision making.
This module will develop your skills in policy planning, strategy, forward-studies and horizon-scanning and will focus on socio-political and foreign policy issues. You will learn how to improve the accuracy of probabilistic forecasts, whether they are done by individuals, groups or organisations. You will also develop an understanding of the major challenges related to foresight; an area where expert knowledge is faced with the challenges of uncertainty, complexity and political utility, but where more accurate forecasts can improve prevention, preparedness, resilience and performance.
The module harnesses insights from the growing institutionalisation and professionalisation of work within government, business and NGOs. You will also gain key insights from leading academic research in this area.
Start date: TBC

Behavioural Insights and Government Policy

Almost all policy affects the behaviour of citizens. As policy makers, we make assumptions about how policies will be received and acted upon by individuals and so design policy accordingly. But the models we use to drive these assumptions are fundamentally flawed. We implicitly assume, for example, that information provided to citizens will be read, digested, and then used to change behaviour. But very often it goes unnoticed. We assume that new tax incentives will encourage people to save for their retirement. But they fail to do so in ways that we hoped.
Behavioural science examines how people behave in practice, providing a set of tools to change the way that policy is delivered or implemented.
This module provides you with a critical understanding of the core concepts in behavioural science, and how they are applied to public policy. You will learn how new interventions can improve the outcomes of policy quickly and cheaply. You will also be able to explain and critique the way that behavioural science has been applied across the world to improve policy.
Start date: TBC
Entry Points and corresponding Application Deadlines**
Registration Deadline* Start Date End Date Module Option 1 Module Option 2
21/01/2020 03/03/2020 27/03/2020 Key Models in Public Management: A Comparative Analysis User-Centred Digital Government
24/03/2020 05/05/2020 29/05/2020 Learning What Works Ethics, Leadership and Governance
19/05/2020 30/06/2020 24/07/2020 Participatory and Deliberative Governance Communications, Media and Public Policy
28/07/2020 09/09/2020 21/10/2020 The Economic Analysis of Public Policy International Conflict Analysis and Resolution
22/09/2020 03/11/2020 16/12/2020 Learning What Works Forecasting and Horizon-Scanning in Policymaking

**Please note that modules offered are subject to change.


You can apply for these modules only IF you have been selected for the HMGoG FLAMINGO scheme. Eligibility for the FLAMINGO scheme and these modules is managed by the Government of Gibraltar. Please click here for more information.

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