Evidence in Public Policy, Certificate | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
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Evidence in Public Policy

2 months
1740 GBP/full
1740 GBP/full
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Do you want to see a world better led, better served and better governed? This eight-week, CPD-certified Evidence in Public Policy online course from Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government will teach you to hone the critical skills needed to design and implement effective policies informed by facts.


Now more than ever, it is imperative that governments and public bodies use objective evidence to inform policy decisions. 

The Evidence in Public Policy programme from University of Oxford will teach you to put the science of evaluating policy into practice – ensuring the policy you are involved in is built on solid foundations.

This online, eight-week course that will teach you how successful evidence-based policy is implemented and evaluated. It will give you the opportunity to hone the critical skills needed to design and implement policies informed by facts rather than opinion or instinct. 

Throughout this course, you will learn: 

  • how to use evidence to evaluate the impact(s) of policy; 
  • how to apply evidence to policy decisions; 
  • how policymakers gather and generate evidence in practice; and 
  • understanding the demand for evidence-based policy evaluation to be a greater priority in public policy organisations, globally.  

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to evaluate the impact and implementation of policies within the context of your own role, a practical skill which will have immediate benefits to your career. You will also receive a certificate that will support your career progression and enhance your resume.

This course is also certified by the CPD UK's (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service. Learners will be able to request their CPD certificate after successfully finishing the course, using their certificate of completion as proof of eligibility. The course has an estimated 40 hours of learning, equating to 40 CPD points. 

Note, the onus is on students to request these CPD certificates at the end of their studies. The University and partners accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Programme Structure

You will study eight modules over the course of eight weeks. 

It is a collaborative learning process, so you will have ample opportunity to discuss key policy topics with your peers and a course Facilitator – a professional with a relevant background who will provide academic guidance throughout your studies.

  • Module 0: Course welcome and narrative 
  • Module 1: Introduction and key concepts 
  • Module 2: Causality and randomised control trials 
  • Module 3: Causality without randomised control trials 
  • Module 4: Wrapping up the methods 
  • Module 5: Aggregating and finding evidence 
  • Module 6: External validity and applicability of evidence 
  • Module 7: Practicalities: designing monitoring systems and impact evaluations 
  • Module 8: Submission of assignment

The final assessment, completed in module eight, will be your main summative assignment. 


  • Martin Williams
  • Julien Labonne

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months
    • 5 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Semi-structured
  • No Attendance
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This distance learning course is designed for you if you need to be able to evaluate the impact of policies.
  • You should consider this programme if you are either a civil servant, an experienced professional in an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or international organisation, running for public office or already in office anywhere in the world.
  • There are no specific entry requirements for this course. However, please be aware that it is a master’s level course, so will take a certain level of commitment. Learners are expected to dedicate 3-5 hours a week to their studies, with all activities and tasks taking place online.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1740 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 1740 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.
  • National

    1740 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1740 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.
  • Discounts available to alumni and those working in the public sector. Evidence required.


We believe that access to finance should never be a barrier to learning. Discounts on our online short courses are available to Oxford University alumni, those working in a public sector role and living in certain geographical regions* (evidence is required).

It is also possible to pay your fees in two instalments. The first payment will be a deposit to reserve your space on the course, and the second will settle your balance ahead of the course start date.

We also encourage employers to fund their employees on our online short courses. If your employer funds more than one employee, they can benefit from a corporate discount; the more employees they sponsor, the higher the discount they can receive.

* Eligible countries currently include Brazil, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Peru, Columbia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Jordan, Egypt and all of Africa.

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