Meet your organisation’s learning needs with a course that caters to the busy professional.  

Please note that enrolments from organisations for the October intake need to be completed by 23 September 2021.

Evidence in Public Policy

Evidence-based policy means taking a rational, rigorous and systematic approach to policy decisions. It conveys what is known through scientific evidence and, importantly, what is not known. 

What is often lacking for policy professionals is the expertise to apply evidence-based policy in practice. The course will teach them how to place the best available evidence within policy development and implementation, resulting in well-informed decisions when it comes to policies, programmes, projects and creating policies adapted to fit your organisational context

Values and Public Policy: Political Philosophy in Practice 

What is the purpose of government? This is the fundamental question policy professionals will examine when studying this groundbreaking short course. Students of this course will think critically, drawing out the key values which should be considered in this question.   

This course arms professionals with the knowledge and skills to understand the key moral and ethical value concepts that should inform public policy. They will be provided a process by which to engage with and apply political philosophy to the practice of policymaking. 

The courses bring theory to life through practical examples which students can apply to their own role through weekly projects, case studies, discussion forums and practical exercises.

duration

Duration

  • eight modules delivered over eight weeks  
  • four intakes per year: January, May, July, October  
  • 3 – 5 hours per week recommended study time
study-mode

Study mode

  • 100% online and fully flexible study hours
  • new modules are released each Monday
  • students have one week to work through the activities
duration

Duration

  • eight modules delivered over eight weeks  
  • four intakes per year: January, May, July, October  
  • approximately 3 – 5 hours per week recommended study time
study-mode

Study mode

  • 100% online and fully flexible study hours
  • new modules are released each Sunday and students have one week to work through the activities

‘The online format worked really well for me personally since it meant I could fit study and classes around my schedule, which can vary due to my project-based work commitments.’

– SQW Consultant, Evidence in Public Policy course graduate 2020

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Retain your talent

We know how important retaining talented individuals is to every business. Investing in a course that employees want to engage with not only shows them you support career progression but also means you have the best developed employees working for you. New talent is more likely to be attracted to an organisation that champions growth and world-class development opportunities.

Retain your talent

We know how important retaining talented individuals is to every business. Investing in a course that employees want to engage with not only shows them you support career progression, but also means you have the best, developed employees working for you.

New talent is also more likely to be attracted to an organisation that champions growth and world-class employee development opportunities.

Modes of learning

Experiential learning

Students learn by “doing”, rather than watching/listening/hearing. The experiential learning methods on these courses include:  

  • Using close-to-real-life content such as evidence-based case studies covering a range of relevant professional settings with real-life problems and challenges delivered by experts and professionals.  
  • Using close-to-real-life activities which require learners to solve realistic problems and produce usable assets in a safe and supported environment.

Problem-based learning

During each module, students will be presented with a series of close-to-real-life ‘challenges’ to resolve through researching and using resources to come to practical solutions. This approach is proven to develop higher-level learning skills such as analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Course Facilitator & peer interaction

The course Facilitator will provide academic guidance throughout their learning journey – from beginning to end. The Facilitator will comment on weekly discussions, provide feedback on all project tasks, give comments and feedback on all activities throughout.  

Students will participate in peer-to-peer discussions through a course forum. 

Networking with global policy influencers

Social and collaborative learning is an important feature of the courses we offer, and a multinational cohort creates an invaluable learning experience. Learners share their perspectives, experience and expertise with fellow cohort from around the globe.  

We also encourage students to get to know each other and form a vibrant network that will continue to support their careers. 

‘I thought it was interesting to hear from peers that approached questions from different perspectives/backgrounds.’

– Evidence in Public Policy course graduate 2020

A partnership focused on excellence in learning

Pearson and the University of Oxford’s partnership is founded on a mutual goal to provide excellent learning opportunities to busy professionals. 

The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide. The School combines the academic rigour of the top-ranked university in the world with an applied, real-world focus. 

As the world’s most experienced online learning company, Pearson offers a full spectrum of best-in-class services for delivering better online programs. The organisation partnerwith more than 40 higher education institutions around the world, supporting approximately 350 degree programmes, in addition to certificates and non-credit-bearing credentials. 

Bespoke options

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