Relevance of Data Analysis in Public Policy

Evidence-based policy making is the foundation for a holistic public policy. Today all policies must be grounded in data and analysis of that data, in order to be successful, efficient, effective and impactful policies. However, before we make the leap of incorporating data to make a people centric policy, it is imperative to understand how ‘evidence’ is introduced at each level of a Public Policy Cycle. To create a successful public policy one cannot simply rely on ideological or impulsive responses. 

It is in this context that the course on Data Analysis in Public Policy is presented, to teach the art of ‘Research Planning’, its significance and ‘Measuring the concepts derived from the Research Planning’. The course is aimed to help learn the building blocks of Data Analysis in Public Policy. Resource material will also be provided during the course, which will be of aid when working on the  assignment and on future public policy projects you all will be engaged in. 

 

Course Objective

​Evidence-based policy making relies on research based evidence to produce desired outcomes. We recognise that however well researched and managed a policy might be, research and conclusions are value laden. ​This is why public policy must be developed skillfully through participatory processes which take into account multiple concerns, some of which might militate against each other.

Data Analysis is successfully undertaken in public policy when it is acquired by implementing various exercises. There are various layers of data and policy making, we have to spend adequate time on each of these layers, we have to find these layers and gather evidence in relation to the policy in discussion. The DAPP course will aid individuals in acquiring the tools and skills to help gather, inspect/monitor, evaluate and analyse such data. The course will entail basic statistical and inferential methods. Instructors will engage the participants with live examples and current work undertaken by them, so as to develop practical skills and techniques in policy related projects.

 

The course will be beneficial for:

  • Students pursuing a degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics and other related subjects.
  • Policy research interns.
  • Policy researchers working with corporate consultancies and/or public policy think tanks.
  • Nascent PhD Scholars
  • Anyone entering the analytical side of public policy.

 

Course Details

  • Online sessions on weekends only.
  • Assignment completion is mandatory to get certification. The assignment is to be submitted two weeks after the final session is conducted.
  • 50% attendance in the course is mandatory to get certification.

 

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate or Graduate or mid career professionals.
  • Must have knowledge of research methods, intermediate research skills, basic understanding of data when studying public policy and types of data (qualitative and quantitative). 

COURSE PLAN

 

Session Instructor  Date & Time
Introduction

  1. What is  Data Analysis in Public Policy 
  2. Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Dr. Reetika Syal February 17

2 hours

3 PM to 5 PM

Quantifying Qualitative Data for Policy Making (I) Dr. Reetika Syal February 18

2 hours

12 PM to 2 PM

Quantifying Qualitative Data for Policy Making (II) Dr. Reetika Syal February 24

2 hours

3 PM to 5 PM

Quantitative Research : Approaches to Sampling  Dr. Tarun Arora February 25

1.5 hours

11 to 12:30 AM

Innovations in Sampling Dr. Tarun Arora February 25

1.5 hours

1:00 to 2:30 PM

Commonly used Methods for Data Analysis (I) Dr. Tarun Arora March 3

1.5 hours

11 to 12:30 AM

Commonly used Methods for Data Analysis (II) Dr. Tarun Arora March 3

1.5 hours

1:00 to 2:30 PM

Dr Tarun Arora

A researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the development space. Dr. Tarun Arora is skilled in Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Policy Analysis, and Quantitative research methods. He completed his doctoral studies in Economics from Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru and joined Janaagraha in the year 2016. At Janaagraha, among many other projects that he headed one of the projects closest to him was the Jana Brown-Citizenship Index project which is a collaboration between Janaagraha and Brown University, USA. The project’s aim was to evaluate the quality of citizenship in urban centres through the lens of knowledge, participation, and engagement, and estimate its impact on the quality of public service delivery. He has widely published in the area of urban governance, voter list management, civic learning, trade competitiveness, and Industrial economics. At present, Dr. Tarun Arora is Associate Professor, Economics at Department of Professional Studies of Christ (deemed-to-be) University, Bengaluru.

 

 

 Dr Reetika Syal

Dr Reetika Syal is a Senior Fellow (Governance and Education) at CPPR. She is an Assistant Professor at CHRIST (Deemed-to-be University), Bangalore, at the Department of International Studies, Political Science, and History. Previously she was Assistant Professor at JAIN (Deemed-to-be) University, Bangalore, for more than 8 years. She has also been an independent consultant for projects at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Bangalore, and held the position of Senior Officer, Research at CPPR from October 2021 to June 2022. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands and IIT- Delhi in 2018-19, on a project on Civil Society Advocacy, her research focused on State-Civil Society Relations in Disaster Management in India. Her Ph.D in Political Science was from Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. She is a part of the Lokniti Network, at CSDS, Delhi, and her research has been a part of various elections and democracy-related studies, along with being a resource person for Lokniti’s Annual Summer School on Quantitative Data Analysis for more than a decade. Dr. Syal has extensive experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative studies including large sample opinion surveys in India on Elections and Democracy, Governance, Elementary and Higher Education, and has presented papers at many international and national conferences, along with publishing in journals and edited books.

Course Fees

  • CPPR Alumni – Rs 2,500 (+GST)
  • Students – Rs 3,500 (+ GST)
  • Professionals – Rs 4,500 (+ GST)