Public Official Governance Badge 2021

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Government Affairs will be offering a Digital Badge for completing the approved classes at the Master Academy for Civic & Public Affairs. A digital badge is a micro-credential that validates an accomplishment, skill set or competency a learner has earned. Digital Badges can be placed on a resume or digital platform, such as LinkedIn, to show employers you have the critical skill set and job-ready competencies that allow you to be a confident and engaging employee.
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Public Official Governance Certificate
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To earn the badge, you must take the Two and 1/2 Day Package, complete the following courses and pass the assessments at the Master Academy for Civic & Public Affairs:

  1. Strategic Thinking and Planning
  2. Budgeting in Hard Times: SMART ways to look for cuts
  3. Ethical Conduct in Public Office
  4. Decision Making During Difficult Times

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Public Official Governance Badge 2021

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Individuals who completed this series of courses have achieved a critical skill set competency and expertise that will allow them to be an effective, confident administrators of critical Governance duties.

Strategic Thinking and Planning
To assist public sector leaders, managers, and frontline employees in understanding the importance of following a thoughtful process, and how to initiate a strategic planning process in their municipality. Participants left this session with a clear plan for developing a strategic plan for their organization.

Learning Objectives
As a result of participating in this program, individuals are able to:
  1. Describe the strategic planning process and its essential components.
  2. Describe the role that strategic planning plays in enabling long-term organizational success.
  3. Discuss the importance of strategic thinking and its relationship to strategic planning and organizational success. 
  4. Explore the four phases of the strategic planning process.
  5. Identify common obstacles to effectively operationalize a strategic plan.
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
  1. Situational scenarios
  2. Breakout room problem solving
  3. Polling
  4. Develop a personal Leadership Action Plan

    Budgeting in Hard Times: SMART ways to look for cuts
Budgeting is never an easy task. In hard times it is a greater challenge. Most municipal budgets are already bare bones. Participants learned how to put together a budget and where to look for places to adjust, save money, and some creative revenue generators. 
Learning Objectives
  • What is the local government annual budget process
  • Putting the budget together
  • Budget format
  • What is needed to adopt the budget
  • Budget amendments
  • Ideas to increase revenue
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
  1. Exercise: Putting a Budget Together
  2. Exercise: Ideas to increase municipal revenue
  3. Breakout room problem solving
  4. Document of ideas to increase municipal revenue
  5. Polling
    Ethical Conduct in Public Office
A key responsibility in leadership on all levels is to promote an ethical culture. Government officials are called to uphold a high standard of ethical behavior. They must carry the torch and never exploit their obligation to serve. 
Learning Objectives
  1. Identifying the ethical dilemma
  2. How to address the ethical situation
  3. What options could be taken
  4. What was the ethical solutions
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
  1. Write an essay on their personal Code of Ethics
  2. Case study
  3. Situational scenarios
    Decision Makin During Difficult Times
Increasing effectiveness in decision making is key to maximizing your success. Better decisions lead to a greater likelihood of achieving your goals and those of your organization. 
Learning Objectives
  • What makes good decisions difficult
  • Decision-making styles
  • Decision biases
  • Creative decision-making
  • Decision methods
  • What to do when decision conditions are difficult
Individuals were assessed using the following methods:
  1. Write an essay on their personal method of decision making
  2. Case studies
  3. Situational scenarios
  4. Polling