THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS

Develop practical, applicable skills for analysing, evaluating and communicating public policy.

Duration

10 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

Practical skills and strategies immediately applicable to policy-related projects, or within your organisation.

2

Analytical frameworks for thinking critically about the policy process, and an enhanced way of thinking about the challenges and politics of public policy.

3

A firm understanding of the quantitative tools and research methodologies for conducting evidence-based impact evaluations, and effective policy communication skills.

4

A certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science – a world-leading social science university – and invaluable experience learning from subject-matter experts and a global cohort of like-minded professionals.

COURSE CURRICULUM

Over the duration of this online certificate course, you’ll work your way through the following modules:

SECTION I - Public Policy Fundamentals

MODULE 1:
The importance and goals of public policy

Explore the foundations, importance, and goals of public policy.

MODULE 2:
Individuals and strategic interactions

Explore the applications of game theory to public policy analysis.

MODULE 3:
Institutions and public policy

Explore how institutions can provide a solution to market failures.

SECTION II - Evaluation Methods

MODULE 4:
Quantitative skills for public policy

Review methods for analysing and describing data, and learn the basic intuition behind statistical analysis.

MODULE 5:
Policy evaluation

Explore important principles for impact evaluation and experimental design.

MODULE 6:
Policy communication

Learn practical skills for effective policy communication.

SECTION III - Producing Policy

MODULE 7:
Public policy processes

Explore the stages of the policy cycle and the political factors that influence each stage.

MODULE 8:
Representation, accountability, and public policy

Explore the importance of representation and accountability in the political process.

MODULE 9:
The politics of public policy

Discover the impact of constitutional systems on public policy.

MODULE 10:
Challenges for public policy

Apply the theory gained from this course to real-world policy case studies.

YOUR COURSE CONVENORS

Dr Ryan Jablonski

Assistant Professor in Political Science, LSE Department of Government

Ryan received his PhD and MA in political science from the University of California, San Diego. His research centres on how governments and international organisations make decisions about the distribution of development spending. He is also interested in the effects of crime, corruption and electoral manipulation on development outcomes, and has worked on case studies in a variety of different countries including Somalia, Kenya and Uganda.

Dr Daniel Berliner

Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, LSE Department of Government

Daniel joined the LSE Department of Government in 2017. Previously he was an assistant professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin. He received his PhD at the University of Washington in 2012. His primary research focuses on the politics, implementation, and usage of transparency, accountability, and related institutional reforms around the world.

AN ONLINE EDUCATION THAT SETS YOU APART

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals who've already had the opportunity to:

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Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a world-leading social science university, entirely online and in your own time

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Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step

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Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones

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