Evidence Analysis and Decision-Making in Policy

16 February 2023

Evidence Analysis and Decision-Making in Policy

By Sevcan Birdal, Communications Manager

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The Centre for Science and Policy launches a new online course in collaboration with Cambridge Advance Online. The 6-week course will start on 29 January 2024 and provide learners with analytical tools and frameworks to deeply understand the problems they may be facing, improve their decision-making processes, and produce effective, evidence-based policy solutions.

Course Overview

Evidence Analysis and Decision-Making in Policy course will dig into issues impacting the creation of rigorous policies, including considering what rational decision-making is. It will equip you with frameworks to understand individual and group decision-making behaviours, and how to overcome some of the problems that arise. You will also explore a range of factors that may contribute to personal decision-making, including subliminal messaging, nudging, and behavioural economics.

Evidence analysis will be at the forefront of your learning, with this course featuring unique courtroom simulation activities to allow you to hone your abilities in critically evaluating, and advocating for, different interpretations of evidence. Supported by your peers and the course leaders, this will develop your confidence in comprehensively assessing complex (and often conflicting) evidence to make informed policy decisions in your career going forwards.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for individuals responsible for policy decisions across government, the private sector and NGOs, including:

  • public policy and political science professionals
  • researchers, analysts and decision managers
  • individuals working within the UK Civil Service, Australian Public Service, US Federal Civil Service, Public Service of Canada and other public bodies of government across the world.

What will you learn?

  • apply your knowledge of decision-making from a decision sciences perspective to real-world problems
  • assess how decision-making can be improved in a real-world context
  • understand the role of political science, public policy and specific philosophies on evidence-based policy-making and connect these concepts to personal experience of policy decision-making
  • identify what evidence is, and use different types of evidence to address a policy issue or issues
  • consider practical approaches to weighing evidence in order to inform policy decision-making, and identify and explain the ethical issues faced when using different forms of evidence
  • critically analyse policy issues to identify the cause(s) of the issue(s) and produce a graphical representation of policy problems.

Duration and Commitment

This is a 6-week online course with a commitment of 6-8 hours per week.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is 22 January 2024!

You can download the course brochure, hear from the experts behind it and discover more about this course here.

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