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Evidence and influence in public policy

Learn to think like policymakers at the national level. You’ll define policy issues, assemble evidence, implement and evaluate in this course.

About this course

Just like policymakers, learn to use evidence and decision-making in the shaping of policies. Explore themes like defining policy issues, assembling evidence, implementing policy and evaluating outcomes. Build an analytical capacity to identify the theoretical, institutional and domestic factors that confront policymakers on a day to day basis.

Do you know the importance of professionals and street-level bureaucrats in shaping policy and reform? Offering a range of teaching and learning strategies including debates, group discussions, case studies, presentations and guest speakers, this course explores shaping policy goals and reform initiatives.

Find out role of evidence and different types of knowledge in policy making with this short course.  Understand the extent to which policymakers use evidence to broker knowledge and inform policy development. Learn how, and to what extent, the lessons of policy evaluation, formulation and development are transferable to global policy issues.  

The course is built around the following 5 concepts;

  • Recognising and defining policy problems.
  • Evidence’s role in policy development and analysis
  • How to handle the demands of transparency as policymakers
  • Delivering outputs and goals as policy professionals and bureaucrats
  • Public policy evaluation, formulation and development as transferrable across national and international boundaries.

At the end of the course you will be able to;

  • Describe the goals of scientists and policy makers, their attitudes toward information, languages, perception of time, and career paths. Account for how these fundamentally different vocations work together, and what individuals from both spheres need to understand about each other.
  • Understand issues of policy learning, diffusion, transfer and convergence, how they speak to the ways in which various political systems use and generate information about the impact, function, formulation and rationale of policies and policy mechanisms across jurisdictions.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Individuals working with or in the public sector that need to develop an understanding of how evidence informs policy and policy makers.

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