Integrated policies and policy coherence for SDGs


Interactive Learning Package

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Course details


Course summary

This toolkit is a set of comprehensive training materials that aim to facilitate and enable government officials, academics, UN Country Teams to run training workshops for government officials and other audiences on integrated policies, systemic approach,and policy coherence for SDGs.

About this course

This toolkit has been jointly developed by UNITAR, the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Governance (DPIDG) of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). It goes a step further in promoting policy coherence through the participatory strategic planning and is recommended for use in situations where there is an interest to go deeper into the “how-to” of integrated planning, beyond the good practices presented in the foundational toolkit “Policy cycle, integrated approaches and SDGs”.

The toolkit is comprised of comprehensive training materials to apply systemic approaches to analyze the interactions between different SDG areas and to design integrated policies. Key methodological areas of the toolkit are system thinking, policy coherence, institutional arrangements and stakeholder engagement among others. The toolkit aims to facilitate government officials, academia, UN Country Teams and other national experts to conduct trainings.

The toolkit comprised of following modukes and sessions that could be used to conduct a national training:

  • Module: A holistic approach to policy coherence: key building blocks
  • Module: Governance and stakeholders’ engagement and capacities to implement the SDGs
  • Module: Enhancing policy design capacity through system thinking and analysis
  • Module: Evaluating policy options for coherence and developing integrated national strategies
  • Module: Assessing governance and institutional capacities for policy coherence and integration
  • In Focus: Integrated policy design in practice
  • Facilitation
  • Action planning
  • Evaluation

The toolkit is available in English and French.


Target audience

National experts – government officials, academics, UN Country Teams, and others.

Learning objectives

At the end of the training, learners will be better positioned to:

  • Define key building blocks of any holistic, integrated planning and policy coherence framework;
  • Map and engage effectively with key stakeholders in the national priority-setting process;
  • Apply elements of systems thinking to assess intersectoral interactions, identify nationally relevant “leverage points” (or “accelerators”) and build interaction maps;
  • Describe possible approaches to developing coherent policy options across sectors and designing a consultative process to develop an integrated strategy;
  • Conduct institutional readiness assessment against SDG requirements.

In addition, learners will:

  • Develop an individual action plan to incorporate relevant knowledge in their professional context;
  • Be able to either provide policy leadership, train other stakeholders, or coach their colleagues on the development of integrated policies.

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