Introduction to Data driven Policymaking
Course Description
In recent decades evidence-based policy making has been pushed to the forefront by governments worldwide for designing successful, efficient and effective policies. Data in the 21st century is on par with oil as an invaluable asset. The 2019 Nobel prize for Economic Sciences awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Maichael Kremer for their pioneering work towards alleviating global poverty using randomised controlled trials(RCTs) marked a defining moment in this direction. Data in the form of evidence can educate a streamlined policy making process. It is in this context that the introductory course on data driven policy making is designed to understand topics such as policy development, monitoring and evaluation, participatory policy planning and application of evidence based data analysis.

Course Objectives
  • To introduce participants to policy making and emphasise the need to base policy development on data analysis
  • To acquaint participants with case studies and give them insights on actual application of the evidential approach
  • To cultivate a sophisticated understanding of the key ideas of ‘Results’ and ‘Measurement’ subsumed under the discipline of Management and supported by data collation and inference
  • To delve deeper into data analysis and utilising it to obtain reliable insights into an individual’s assessments, preferences and choices
Course Benefits
By the end of the course you will have:
  • An in-depth understanding of evidence based policy development. The students will understand the role of data and data analysis in informing policy decisions.
  • Ability to apply the concept of evidence based analysis with the support of case studies
  • A deep understanding of the concepts of policy cycle ,methods of measurement ,monitoring and evaluation and participatory policy planning
Course Units
Session Topics covered Duration of Session
Introduction to policy development on the basis of data analysis in lieu of ideology, conservatism or resistance to change

Familiarising participants with methods of measurement

Introduction to ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ and Participatory policy planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

24th July, 2021 Saturday
1 1⁄2 hours session (3 PM to 4:30 PM)
Conceptual understanding of evidence and principal means of Knowledge

Policy Cycle and the route to policy evaluation a) Agenda Setting, b) Policy Research, c) Problem Analysis, d) Alternatives Analysis, e) Program Design, f) Policy Implementation, g) Policy Monitoring, h) Policy Evaluation

Interactive session with Q & A Session

24th July, 2021 Saturday
1 1⁄2 hours session (5 PM to 6:30 PM)
Application of Evidence based analysis(EBA) and case studies

Evaluation of the Government of Kerala's "People's Planning" - Decentralisation of Government Policy, 1996

25th July, 2021 Sunday
1 1⁄2 hours session (3 PM to 4:30 PM)
Analysis of poverty perspectives of government officers and perspectives of poor women

Interactive session with Q & A

25th July, 2021 Sunday
1 1⁄2 hours session (5 PM to 6:30 PM)
Ajit Mani
Ajit Mani is a Senior Fellow (Policy Research and Training) at CPPR and has an unusual breadth of professional experience, most of it in rural India and the unorganised urban sector. His experience includes survey research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and Development Communications, developed over several assignments. Ajit Mani worked for Malayalam Plantations (UK) Ltd from 1967 to 1979.
Application Process and Eligibility
All the mandatory categories in the application form must be filled in order for an application to be considered. Further details are provided in the application form.
Anyone can take this course, as long as you are able to attend all the webinars, complete the quiz and assignment on time.