About the workshop
This two-week workshop provides a comprehensive overview of policy analysis and development, with a heightened relevance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and taking an in-depth look at how to use research and other types of evidence to evaluate the effect and impact of policy decisions.
What the workshop will cover
• Understanding of the meaning, potential and development of evidence-based policy-making
• Understanding different meanings of impact
• How to use research evidence, including from other countries, to develop policy strategically and operationally
• Critical appraisal techniques to identify higher and lower quality evidence
• How to compile high-quality evidence in performance-managed government and resource allocation
• The role of ex ante and post hoc impact assessments in the decision-making process of an organisation
• Commissioning appropriate economic, social and environmental impacts of a policy, programme or project
• The importance of cost-benefit and cost- effectiveness analysis in determining the feasibility of a policy, programme or project.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will enable you to:
• Make better decisions about policies and services by using the best available evidence to form your judgements
• Make critical judgments about evidence from research, evaluation and other sources, and understand the factors that influence and inform policy-making
• Procure and manage research and evaluation, and professional analytical services, effectively and efficiently
• Improve the planning, procurement and management of impact evaluations and assessments
• Use methods of impact evaluation to identify the most effective, efficient and value for money policy initiatives.
This is a two-week workshop and participants who are unable to attend for the full programme may wish to consider attending either week one or week two. Week one will focus on different types of evidence and how they can help to make better policy. Week two will focus on what is assessed by impact assessments and the different stages of their development.