Taught course

Evidence in Public Policy

University of Oxford · Blavatnik School of Government
Short course

Entry requirements

The course is designed for those who need to be able to evaluate the impact of policies. You should consider this master-level course if:
  • you are an early- to mid-career civil servant who wants to know more about the benefits and application of statistics to provide evidence for the impact of policy in your community, region or country;
  • 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 a civil servant looking to specialise in evidence and statistics;
  • you are running for office or are already in office anywhere in the world, this course could help the development of your public policy planning.

Months of entry

January, May, July, October

Course content

Our Evidence in Public Policy online programme is an intensive eight-week course which 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.

There are no specific entry requirements. However, be aware this is a masters-level course, and will take a certain level of commitment.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Online courses