Evidence Analysis and Decision-Making in Policy

Learn new analytical tools and frameworks to enable you to develop informed, evidence-led solutions to problems in policy-making. 

Centre for Science Policy

Created with the Centre for Science and Policy

  • Duration

    6 weeks

  • Commitment

    6-8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion

    • Start

      17 April 2023

    • Finish

      29 May 2023

    • Enrol by

      11 April 2023

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Course overview

Created with the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), this course will 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. 

This 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. We will 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. 

What will I 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 of 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.

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 I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion

Course dates

  • 2023

    17 Apr - 29 May

    Places available

    Enrol by 11 Apr


Level of knowledge

  • individuals should currently be working in (or in association with) the field of policy, or have previous experience within it, in order to complete summative assessments. 

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