Business, Economics, Education, Ethics, Public administration, Public policy

This course is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative. Integrity Action is the project partner of CEU, which is the Integrity Partner in the project.



Course date

6 July - 11 July, 2015
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Ellen Goldberg

Integrity Action, Jerusalem, Israel

Sarah Holst

Integrity Action, London, UK
Course Faculty: 

Alan Barlow

Integrity Action, London, UK

Ornit Shani

University of Haifa, Israel
This policy lab aims to assist academics from all disciplines, education administrators and trainers of public officials to incorporate integrity education into their teaching and training, with components of classroom and community-based action learning. It also addresses the challenges and opportunities for building integrity and integrating feedback loops in development.
It brings together practitioners across sectors to focus on collective action learning and evidence-based decision making, collaborative problem identification and solving, and feedback mechanisms that ‘close the loop’ to trigger corrective activity and stakeholder satisfaction. It will help you to develop curricula, modules, syllabi and training that use interactive, collaborative and student-centred teaching and learning methods in various media to equip students and executives with the knowledge and skills to recognise integrity challenges, formulate and implement responsible, practical solutions.
Universities and schools are looking for strategies to inspire their students in the classroom, on campus and in the community, as well as to nurture a personal and institutional culture of accountability, competence and ethics. You shall learn about the Community Integrity Building (CIB) cycle, used for monitoring public projects and services to ensure project implementation with integrity. The final step in the cycle of ‘Closing the Loop’ provides feedback to all involved project stakeholders, to reach the highest level of satisfaction possible. Incorporating CIB or other social accountability methods into your course or training will enhance its value for students and public officials.
Drawing on the experience from various contexts, this lab will explore how integrity, transparency and accountability methodologies can be incorporated into public resource and projects management towards service delivery as a matter of course to improve the quality of people’s lives. This will also create numerous opportunities for mutual learning and peer review.
Many academics and trainers ask themselves:
  • How can I engage my students to develop their cognitive, affective and behavioural skills to prepare them for the integrity challenges they’ll face in their professions?
  • As part of my institution’s senior management, how can I cultivate an environment that promotes direct student involvement in implementing the learning to deepen its impact?
  • How do I train public officials to appreciate the benefits of engaging with citizens to improve public services?
  • What can I do to make executive education more practical to develop skills that will be useful from their first day back at work?
  • How can we build a system that supports citizen feedback through people-centred design, technology, and other inclusive methods?

Key Learning Objectives

  • Gain knowledge and skills in incorporating into curricula and trainings new integrity content, experiential learning methods and case studies
  • Formulate strategies for cultivating an institutional environment that provides opportunities for action learning as part of the educational experience as well as building integrity and integrating feedback mechanisms in systems and programmes
  • Develop knowledge and skills in analysing and problem solving to address challenges within development contexts
  • Acquire practical skills in analysing and problem-solving personal integrity challenges as well as institutional ones
  • Understand and appreciate the benefits and methods for public officials and community-based organisations working together to improve public services.
Who Should Take This Policy Lab?
This policy lab is principally aimed at aimed at practitioners that are experienced in academic and training institutions such as teachers, lecturers, and trainers, as well as development agencies, public and private institutes, government and civil society organisations working towards building integrity and closing the loop to strengthen governance and performance in communities and education.