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The London School of Economics and Political Science - Public Policy Analysis

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10 weeks
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
Cape Town
English
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Program description

Public Policy Analysis

Gain analytical frameworks and practical skills for analysing, evaluating, and communicating public policy.

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from The London School of Economics and Political Science

In the context of an increasingly connected and complex world, it is vital to be able to analyse and anticipate the impact of public policy and evaluate interventions to make more informed, evidence-based policy decisions and recommendations.

The Public Policy Analysis online certificate course from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) merges research, theory, and practice, as it empowers participants with analytical frameworks for understanding the policy process. Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll gain the quantitative tools and techniques needed to conduct evidence-based impact evaluations and develop effective policy communication skills.

Benefit from this multidisciplinary approach to public policy and practice your skills by engaging with real-world, global case studies. Guided by expert LSE faculty with topical research experience across a variety of policy areas in Europe, Africa, and the United States, you’ll develop practical skills and strategies for immediate application in policy-related projects, or within your organisation.

This Public Policy Analysis online certificate course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

Admission requirements

Is this course for you?

This course, developed by LSE’s School of Public Policy, is relevant for professionals working in public policy. Policy makers, civil servants, NGO staff, and individuals in public and private sector organisations seeking to influence public policy and better understand their current roles within policy formulation will find it beneficial. Those in the public sector, non-profit, consultancies, and think tanks – who want to enhance their impact by critically engaging with public policy, employing evidence-based impact evaluations, and developing the insight to make policy recommendations and decisions – will also benefit from this course.


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Program content

Course curriculum

Build practical skills and frameworks for responding to public policy challenges as you work through the weekly modules of this online certificate course.

Orientation Module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

The importance and goals of public policy

Module 2

Individuals and strategic interactions

Module 3

Institutions and public policy

Module 4

Quantitative skills for public policy

Module 5

Policy evaluation

Module 6

Policy communication

Module 7

Public policy processes

Module 8

Representation, accountability, and public policy

Module 9

The politics of public policy

Module 10

Challenges for public policy

Program delivery

Duration:

  • 10 weeks (excluding orientation)
  • 7–10 hours per week - Self-paced learning online

Qualification

About the certificate

Learn to analyse and respond to public policy challenges and earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Practical skills and techniques that can be immediately applied to a policy-related project, or within your business.
  • The ability to meaningfully engage with public policy principles, processes, challenges, and interventions using analytical frameworks.
  • The confidence to perform evidence-based policy impact evaluations and make better, more informed decisions.
  • The tools to make persuasive recommendations to policy stakeholders or a policy organisation.

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