Taught course

Evidence in Public Policy

University of Oxford · Blavatnik School of Government
Short course

Entry requirements

This eight-week short course is designed for those who need to be able to evaluate the impact of public policies in their day-to-day work.

There are no specific entry requirements. However, please be aware that it is a masters-level course, and will take a certain level of commitment. Learners are expected to dedicate 3-5 hours a week to their studies, with all activities and tasks taking place online.

You should consider this course if:

  • you are an early-to-mid-career civil servant who wants to know more about the benefits of, and how to apply, statistics as evidence when evaluating the impact of policy in your community, region or country;
  • you are a civil servant looking to specialise in evidence and statistics;
  • you are an experienced professional in an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisations) or international organisation who aspires to better decision-making in government and public policy; or
  • you are running for public office or are already in office anywhere in the world; this course could help the development of your public policy planning.

Months of entry

February, May, July, October

Course content

Delivered by Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and the world's leading digital learning company, Pearson, Evidence in Public Policy is an intensive eight-week course that gives you the unique opportunity to hone the critical skills needed to design and implement policies informed by facts rather than opinion or instinct.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to evaluate the impact and implementation of policies within the context of your own role - an ability which will have an immediate impact on your career.

The course is focused on the following areas:

  • how to use evidence to evaluate the impact(s) of policy
  • how to apply evidence to policy decisions
  • how policymakers gather and generate evidence in practice
  • understanding the demand for evidence-based policy evaluation to be a greater priority in public policy organisations, globally.

The course is part of a suite of online short courses in government and public policy from the Blavatnik School of Government.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Short course
    part time
    2 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details