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ILG Content and Methodology

The ILG program goes beyond a traditional academic program as it provides an innovative model to promote experiential learning. The curriculum combines academic courses that offer theoretical frameworks and knowledge along with practical applications and guest speakers from related fields that share their real-world experiences.

As a program that serves mid-career public leaders, there is a strong emphasis in engaging and learning from peers by sharing work experiences, lessons learned, and best practices.

The program is carried out with simultaneous translation from English to Spanish as needed.



  • Innovation in Public Policy: These sessions explore the nature of management itself and then identifies what is distinctive about public management, focusing on management reform, digital transformation, big data, innovation, and performance management.

  • Program Cost-Benefit Analysis: This course will discuss program design and implementation, the pros and cons of various methods used to evaluate policy interventions, and cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses.

  • Development of Public Policy and Program Evaluation: This course exposes participants to a broad range of state-of-the-art econometric techniques in policy evaluation with a special emphasis on using these techniques effectively in designing and evaluating development projects/policies.

  • Public-Private Partnerships: This course will explore the dynamics of partnerships with different organizations and companies, and how governments can most effectively reach potential partners and create valuable programs.

  • Ethics, Values, and Public Policy: The course will challenge students to cultivate their abilities in the discipline of reflective moral thinking, and introduce them to the spectrum of prominent moral theories and their application to critical challenges in the pursuit of human well-being, lives of meaning, and ecological integrity.


  • Adaptive Leadership: Adaptive leadership is based on a view that leadership is an activity, not a person, and that leadership can be exercised by anyone, whatever their role inside or outside of the organization. This theme will be relevant throughout the entire program and will focus on how to identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo and distinguishing technical problems from adaptive challenges.

  • Thinking Politically: A successful leader is one who creates and nurtures personal relationships. This course will introduce six essential aspects of thinking politically in an organization in terms of dealing with people who are with you on the issue, those who are in opposition, and those who you are trying to move.

  • Intrapreneurship: Intrapreneurs are employees who don’t let bureaucratic barriers stop them from driving constructive change. The course will introduce the concept and provide strategies that successful intrapreneurs employ to make a difference in government, plus a look at how some of the best leaders foster intrapreneurship in their organizations.

  • Communication with Stakeholders: This course will help participants develop a strategic understanding of identifying and dealing with stakeholders, and introduce some highly practical communication skills.

  • Decision-Making for Public Policy: When addressing policy challenges, managers need to systematically seek, organize, and analyze pertinent information. While models and theories exist for decision-making, this course focuses on the practical application of methodologies in the public policy process.