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Developing an Effective Business Case

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This one-day course has been developed to meet the needs of those who are required to develop business cases for the procurement of products, skills and services. Across the public service Managers involved in development and delivery of business plans are regularly required to submit business plans in a rapidly changing environment and at the same time be aware of the principles and requirements of the public spending code. Managers now need to develop their competence and confidence in this area.

When submitting business plans it is essential that the business plan is linked to the business strategy or service plan, is designed to influence the required stakeholders, and can enable managers to link and integrate practice as required. This course is for those would like to develop a strong understanding of the principles and process of effective business planning with emphasis on coherently linking strategy and on developing realistic resource based plans. It aims to enable participants to be more confident, competent and proficient in submitting concise, powerful, evidence based business plans that clearly set out the goals of the manager for the required service.

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the principles of effective business planning;
  • Be proficient linking business plans / with strategy;
  • Have gained knowledge on resource based business planning;
  • Be able to influence key stakeholders with succinct, comprehensive business plans.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics

  • Strategy, Business Plans and Business Cases
  • Anatomy of a Business Case
  • Analysis of a Business Case
  • Skills for Writing Business Cases
  • The Use of Influencing and Persuasion
  • Practical Business Case Writing

Training Methodology

The training will be highly interactive and based on case-studies, best practice and working examples submitted by the participants themselves. The day will include presentations on concepts, approaches and case studies; opportunities to review templates and planning tools; workshop sessions to identify opportunities to transfer/apply learning to the participants’ work; a high level of interaction to enhance peer learning across the group.

Dates, Venue and Fee

Date: 6 March 2017 | 5 April 2017
Venue: Institute of Public Administration
Fee: The fee for this one day course is €405 for Corporate Members of the IPA and €450 for others.  Fee includes course materials and lunch/refreshments.

Bookings / Enquiries

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date. Bookings must be received in writing.

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration | 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135 | Email:

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57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 | Tel: +353 1 240 3600 | Fax: +353 1 668 9135 | Registration no: 21087