Public Policy
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Leadership Executive Education

Program Overview

  • The ADSG & NYU Public Policy Program uses a range of theories, frameworks, and learning projects to support participants in developing, implementing, and assessing effective policymaking.

  • During the 4-months program, participants will learn the required tools to inspire analytical thinking, policy analysis, decision making, financial acumen, and collaboration skills.

Program General Info

The program targets Abu Dhabi government employees, who meet the following criteria:

  • UAE National
  • Grade 2
  • Good level of the English Language


The program extends over a duration of 4 months and includes 15 sessions of 3 hours each

  • An Introductory Session
  • 3 Online Sessions
  • 6 In class Sessions
  • Assessment Sessions


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Learning Objectives


Lead and manage in public governance


Participate and contribute to the policy process


Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions


Articulate and apply a public service perspective

Learning Journey


Program Outline

  • Agenda Setting: Framing

  • Policy Design

  • Policy Implementation

  • Evidence Based Policy and Policy Based Evidence

  • Introduction to Budgeting

  • Capital Budgeting

  • Financial Accounting 

  • Introduction to Program Evaluation

  • Impact Assessment

  • Gathering Data and Assessing Data

  • Introduction to Management and Leadership

  • Analyzing Cases and Managerial Problem Solving

  • Negotiation

  • Organizing Teams

Program Calendar 2022

  • Introductory Session
  • Module1
  • Module 2
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Representing multiple event on same day

In Class / Online lextures


Case studies

Tasks / Assignments

Assessment sessions


Certificate of completion

The Certificate of Completion for this course is awarded by NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Wagner.


NYU Wagner

NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service prepares public service leaders to translate ideas into actions that have an effective and lasting impact on the public good. It's faculty’s research changes the way people frame, understand, and act on important public issues

Program Facilitators

John Gershman

Introduction to Public Policy

Clinical Professor of Public Service, Co-Director of Capstone Program, NYU Wagner

John Gershman is a Clinical Professor of Public Service, Director of the International Specialization, and Director of International Capstone Programs at Wagner. He is also a co-founder of the New York Southeast Asia Network. Previously he was the Director of the Global Affairs Program at the International Relations Center and the Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, a progressive think tank on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.

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Thad Calabrese

Financial Management

Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Financial Management; Director of Finance Specialization, NYU Wagner

Thad Calabrese studies public and nonprofit financial management, broadly focusing on the management and governance of public and not-for-profit organizations, as well as the institutions that affect managerial decision-making in these entities. He currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART) and Public Budgeting and Finance as well. Thad is the current Treasurer for the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action, and is the Chair-Elect for the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).

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Rajeev Dehejia

Program Evaluation

Professor of Economics and Public Service; Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Director of Policy Specialization; Codirector, Development Research Institute, NYU Wagner

Rajeev Dehejia received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1997. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Economics and The Fletcher School at Tufts University and of the Department of Economics and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and has held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, and the London School of Economics.

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Nicholas Cagliuso

Management & Teamwork

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Administration, NYU Wagner

Dr. Nicholas V. Cagliuso, Sr., an emergency management leader and scholar of nearly 30 years, is Deputy Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health’s (NCDMPH) Military- Civilian National Disaster Medical System Interoperability Study (MCNIS) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) / Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement for Military Medicine (HJF) in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Cagliuso is an accomplished university faculty member, teaching graduate courses in economics, public health preparedness, and disaster research. Dr. Cagliuso recently joined the faculty of NYU Wagner’s Online Master of Health Administration program where he’ll teach strategic management.

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