Anyone involved in the process of evaluation and policy analysis needs strong analytical skills, and the ability to apply a variety of research and evaluation methods within a complex political, economic, socio-cultural and technological environment. This course will review analytical approaches that are essential for effective policy development. There will be in-depth examination of how to conduct effective policy analysis, manage the policy development process, and produce sound, persuasive policy reports. The course is organised into a series of modules, each of which involves a formal presentation of material followed by structured discussions and case work. Participants are encouraged to relate elements of each module to their current preoccupations and practices. As the course proceeds, the material moves from a focus on concepts to a focus on applications. The modules are supported by written notes and guides for additional reading.

Training Objectives

At the end of this course, the training participants will be familiar with:

  • What policy analysis involves and its typical institutional settings
  • The attributes required to be an effective policy analyst
  • What role government plays in society and its limitations and strengths compared with other social institutions, including markets
  • How to integrate market analysis, cost-benefit analysis, comparative institutional analysis, and evaluation methods into your policy research
  • How to effectively engage in consultation, team work, and conflict management during policy formulation
  • How to clearly scope and develop your policy ideas and present your policy analyses effectively for multiple audiences
  • How to work effectively with others to promote sound policy solutions

Who Should Attend

This training is provided for those who are involved in research, policy analysis, policy planning, issue polling, report writing, program evaluation. This applies to experts, policy analysts, researchers, consultants, masters and PhD students, who are working:

  • In government agencies
  • In non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • At universities and research centres
  • In international organizations
  • In media agencies
  • On their Masters or PhD dissertations