About the workshop
This workshop is intended to support better decision-making throughout the different stages of the policy process (preparation and planning, decision-making, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation) by placing the best available evidence from research and evaluation at the heart of it. It considers what constitutes evidence for policy-making purposes and how robust research evidence can be used to improve policy-making.
Different types, notions and resources of evidence will be appraised to determine their value and contribution to policy-making. These include theories of change; systematic reviews of evidence; data from censuses, surveys and administrative sources; experimental and quasi-experimental evidence; implementation evidence; economic appraisal methods; case studies and qualitative evidence; and public consultation. The workshop also considers how to integrate these different types of evidence with other key factors that influence the policy process.
You will work with practical real-life examples by choosing a policy issue for the duration of the workshop and will work through these different types of evidence to see how they can be used to inform the policy issue in question.
Who is it for?
The workshop is designed for policy makers and decision makers who plan, implement and manage policies in public and private sector organisations, international organisations, NGOs, and local government departments and agencies. Whilst there is some technical content from various social, economic and political science disciplines, you do not need to have expertise in these areas.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will enable you to:
- Make better policies and decisions about policies and services by using the best available evidence to form your judgements
- Make critical judgements about evidence from research and evaluation, and understand how this fits with other factors that influence and inform policy-making
- Mentor colleagues in evidence-based policy-making and in how to use research evidence
- Procure and manage research and evaluation, and professional analytical services, effectively and efficiently.
Please view our Brochure 2019 (opens in a PDF document)