Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark: Leading policy and strategy in government

Denmark Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries

Client: Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark

Programme: Leading policy and strategy in government

(Delivered in London, UK, 2014)

The client

The aim of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark is to provide the framework for a development and growth orientated food producing sector. http://en.fvm.dk/the-ministry/

The problem

In late summer 2014 the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries approached Westminster Explained (our specialist unit within Dods Training for courses on UK Parliament and Government) to design and deliver a bespoke programme on policy and strategy in Government. The request came following a previous support on UK local government customer care good practice for Copenhagen City Council and other large Danish municipalities.The Danish Ministry were looking to send a senior delegation, including the Permanent Secretary, to London to undertake a two-day programme incorporating a study visit to Parliament and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Our actions

Our team of experts quickly set to work designing a programme which, underpinned by streamlined policy making, would consider innovative practice at a time when budgets were being tightened. Having just outlined their four departmental priorities, the Danish Ministry wanted a programme which resonated with their own specialist areas whilst also allowing time for broader comparisons between the UK and Danish systems.

Day one of our proposed programme focused on the current UK policy/strategy environment and open and collaborative policy making. Drawing on real-life areas of strategic importance to Denmark, we designed tailored case studies and exercises to put delegates’ learning into practice.

Day two emphasised best practice sharing and allowed the delegation to meet with UK counterparts. After a short tour of the parliamentary estate, the group met with a panel of MPs including the Chair of the DEFRA Select Committee to discuss areas of strategic importance including growth, sustainability and competitiveness in the food sector. In the afternoon the delegation was hosted at DEFRA, meeting with the Permanent Secretary and senior policy advisors. All sessions included presentations from experts and the opportunity for the delegation to network with counterparts and ask questions.

Conclusions 

The programme was very well received with one hundred per cent of participants stating their objectives had been met during the evaluation process. When asked to rate the overall programme and materials, almost 80 per cent of delegates awarded the highest possible grade with the remainder giving the second highest.