Data Analysis in Public Policy

Course Description:

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 skilfully 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. 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.


Course Plan


Session Instructor  Course Details (as per IST)
Introduction to Data Analysis in Public Policy  Rahul V Kumar 23rd July – 10am to 12pm 
Quantifying Qualitative Data for Policy Making  Dr. Reetika Syal 24th July – 10am to 12pm
Qualitative and Quantitative Surveys  Dr. Tarun Arora 31st July – 5 pm to 7 pm
Quantitative Research : Approaches to Sampling (Urban context) Dr. Tarun Arora  7th August – 10am to 12pm
Innovations in Sampling Dr. Tarun Arora 7th August – 5pm to 7pm
Bonus Session Will be announced on 5th August – Friday

Application Process and Eligibility

  • Apply via the registration link available on all social media platforms and CPPR webpage
  • Undergraduate or Graduate. It will also be open for mid career professionals

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.


Course Details

  • Weekend sessions – starting from 23rd July 2022 onwards till 7th August 2022 
  • A surprise Bonus session, details will be shared during the course
  • Assignment completion is mandatory to get certification
    • Assignment is to be submitted two weeks after the final session is conducted
  • 50% attendance in the course is mandatory to get certification


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

Rahul V. Kumar is a Research Fellow (Market Economics) at CPPR. He is a postgraduate in Economics and has an MPhil in Applied Economics and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He has been associated with CPPR for the last six years in different capacities. Before being a full-time consultant, Rahul was the Director (Research) at the Centre and has guided several projects for the centre. Over the years he has constructed some frameworks wrt Research Methodology which is followed by CPPR Researchers till date. 

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 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.  


Reetika is a Research Consultant with CPPR. She has a Ph.D in Political Science from Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, and was Assistant Professor at JAIN (Deemed-to-be) University, Bangalore, for more than 8 years, before joining the organisation. She has also worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands and IIT- Delhi in 2018-19, on a project on  Civil Society Advocacy with her research focusing on State-Civil Society Relations in Disaster Management in India. She is a part of the Lokniti Network in Delhi, and 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.