Public Policy Analysis online certificate course

Course starts 28 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
20 October 2020
Course Starts:
28 October 2020
10 weeks, excluding orientation
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


In the context of an increasingly connected and complex world, it is vital to be able to analyse and anticipate the impact of public policy and evaluate interventions, to make more informed, evidence-based policy decisions and recommendations.

The Public Policy Analysis online certificate course from the London School of Economics and Political Science merges research, theory and practice, as it empowers participants with analytical frameworks for understanding the policy process. Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll gain the quantitative tools and techniques needed to conduct evidence-based impact evaluations, and develop effective policy communication skills.

Benefit from this multidisciplinary approach to public policy, and practice your skills by engaging with real-world, global case studies. Guided by expert LSE faculty with topical research experience across a variety of policy areas in Europe, Africa and the United States, you’ll develop practical skills and strategies for immediate application in policy-related projects, or within your organisation.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Practical skills and techniques that can be immediately applied to a policy-related project, or within your business

  • The ability to meaningfully engage with public policy processes, challenges, and interventions using analytical frameworks

  • The confidence to perform evidence-based policy impact evaluations and make better, more informed decisions

  • The tools to make persuasive recommendations to policy stakeholders or a policy organisation

Is this course for you?

This course, developed by LSE’s School of Public Policy, is relevant for professionals working in public policy. Policy makers, civil servants, NGO staff, and individuals in public and private sector organisations seeking to influence public policy and better understand their current roles within policy formulation will find it beneficial. Those in the public sector, non-profit, consultancies, and think tanks – who want to enhance their impact by critically engaging with public policy, employing evidence-based impact evaluations, and developing the insight to make policy recommendations and decisions – will also benefit from this course.

The CPD Certification Service logo This Public Policy Analysis online certificate course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.
The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Build practical skills and frameworks for responding to public policy challenges as you work through the weekly modules of this online certificate course.

Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
SECTION I - Public Policy Fundamentals SECTION II - Evaluation Methods SECTION III - Producing Policy
Module 1: The importance and goals of public policy Module 4: Quantitative skills for public policy Module 7: Public policy processes
Module 2: Individuals and strategic interactions Module 5: Policy evaluation Module 8: Representation, accountability, and public policy
Module 3: Institutions and public policy Module 6: Policy communication Module 9: The politics of public policy
    Module 10: Challenges for public policy

Learn to analyse and respond to public policy challenges

This LSE online certificate course is developed by LSE’s School of Public Policy and delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain analytical frameworks and practical skills for analysing, evaluating and communicating public policy.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online certificate course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dr Ryan Jablonski

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. Ryan’s research is published in the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science Advances, World Development, World Politics and elsewhere. It has been funded by the World Bank, USAID, DFID, AidData, EGAP, NSF, Global Integrity and others.


Dr Daniel Berliner

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 post-doctoral 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. He also works on the politics of global supply chains and environmental governance, and developing new applications of text-as-data methods for studying human rights and political accountability.

Course Contributors

This course features video guest lectures from industry pioneers and leading experts in their field, allowing you to learn from the wisdom and experience of global authorities, and to see the real-world applications of the theory covered in this course. The contributors to this course include:
Marc Buntaine

Mark Buntaine

Associate Professor in International Institutions and Governance, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Thomas Leeper

Thomas Leeper

Senior Visiting Fellow in Methodology, LSE

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

Professor, Department of Government, LSE

Christian Schuster

Christian Schuster

Associate Professor in Public Management, School of Public Policy, University College London

Jonathan Weigel

Jonathan Weigel

Assistant Professor, Department of International Development, LSE

Earn a certificate from LSE

Learn to analyse and respond to public policy challenges and earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 October 2020.

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