Course Description:

The Public Policy Research course is a unique offering to the certificate course environment. Bringing together cutting edge policy frameworks in the broad fields of Governance, Data collection, Data Evaluation, Policy Design and Policy Communication. This course introduces participants to the political significance and societal consequences of policy and policymaking. Policies help accelerate the essential political processes and socio-economic development of the citizens of a nation. 

This curriculum is carefully designed to help participants not only to develop skills and knowledge to understand policy and methodology but to also monitor and evaluate public policy, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The course will incorporate an interactive and engaging teaching methodology. The Public Policy Course will include Video lectures, case studies, live examples, virtual sessions and exciting assignments.  

Course Objective:

  1. To introduce participants to policy research and its main function areas- methodology, data analysis, designing, evaluation and communication.
  2. The course will build participants’ critical thinking, problem solving and decision making capabilities in the public policy sphere
  3. To prepare participants in conducting policy research of any subject area with diverse requirements. 
  4. To equip participants in looking at socio-economic issues both quantitatively and qualitatively. 

After completing the course, learners will have: 

  1. The ability to develop impactful and sustainable policy solutions to address issues in the socio-economic sphere. 
  2. Insights from instructors working actively in public policy as academicians and researchers. 
  3. An understanding of research methods which will help systematically study a particular issue, policy or initiative in order to get reliable and valid results. 
  4. The capability to collect, evaluate and analyse the data, and learn how it interacts with policies. 
  5. The skill to analyse evidence based policy with an aim to help participants improve effectiveness of existing policies in their current or future policy related work. 
  6. The skill to design, monitor and evaluate a policy to ensure its impactfulness and effectiveness.

Course Module 

Session Resource person Course Details
I. Research methodology  Rahul V. Kumar 

3rd September 2022

10am to 12pm 

II. Introducing Data – Methods to collect Data Data Analysis  Rahul V. Kumar 

3rd September 2022

2pm to 4pm

III. Building the connection between Data and Public Policy  Reetika Syal 

10th September 2022

10am to 12 pm 

IV. Design of Public Policy (Part 1)  Meenuka Mathew 

17th September 2022

10 am to 12:00 pm 

V. Design of Public Policy (Part II)  Meenuka Mathew 

18th September 2022

4 pm to 6 pm 

VI. Evaluation of Public Policy  Meenuka Mathew 

24th September 2022

10 am to 12:00 pm 

VII. Policy Communication – Live examples and case studies  Meenuka Mathew 

25th September 2022

4 pm to 6 pm

VIII. Expert session – Demystifying Public Policy 

Dr. D. Dhanuraj

(Chairman, CPPR)

+ 1 policymaker

1.5 hours

(Date and Time will

be scheduled at the

onset of the course)

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. 


  • Weekend sessions – starting from 3rd September 2022 onwards till 25th September 2022
    • Expert Session date will be conveyed at the start of the course
  • Live online sessions – 16 hours in total
  • Additionally – Pre course Learning Material in form of videos
Introduction to Public Policy Research  Rahul V. Kumar  
Systems of governance  Dr. Reetika Syal
  • 50% attendance in live sessions is mandatory to get the course certificate. (or please inform beforehand)
  • One Assignment (assignment will be by all three instructors, individuals only need to pick one for course completion)
    • Assignment is to be submitted two weeks after the final session is conducted

Course Name: Public Policy Research

● CPPR Alum – Rs 2,500 (+GST)
● Students – Rs 3,500 (+ GST)
● Professionals – Rs 4,000 (+ GST)

Our Instructors

Rahul V. Kumar

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. 

Meenuka Mathew

Meenuka Mathew is a Teaching & Research Fellow at Jindal School of Government & Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) with a MA in Public Policy. She is currently the assistant editor of Jindal Journal of Public Policy. In 2019, She co-founded Policy Talks.

Dr. Reetika Syal

Reetika is a Senior Officer, Research at 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.