Policy Analysis for Parliamentarians & Policy makers

Description

Facilitating the provision of quality, evidence-based analysis was intended to support parliamentarians’ access to evidence that will assist in their decision-making and policy implementation. The programme was premised on the view evidence-based research is a vital component in formulating policies and legislation and that think tanks and research institutes have the potential to play a valuable role in supporting politicians and contributing to robust and innovative policy.

The objective of this empirical study was to understand the perspectives and attitudes of policy-makers towards the use and impact of research in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries. 

Course Deliverables

  • Evaluate how and why public policies emerge.
  • Understand the processes involved in developing policy in its different stages.
  • Use the critical tools of policy analysis to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of specific policies and how they were developed.
  • The ability to frame a concrete, action-oriented problem statement. 
  • An instinct to seek out and exploit relevant evidence. 
  • Humility about the existence and durability of alignment among purpose, support, and capacity in any particular policy configuration. 
  • Good judgment about choosing and using tools and concepts from the rest of the core curriculum to design value-creating policy solutions. 
  • A disciplined and thoughtful approach to making tradeoffs across criteria and dimensions of value. 
  • Skill in using the basic course frameworks (including strategic alignment, the policy options matrix, stakeholder analysis, and decision trees) to structure policy decisions. 
  • The habit of giving and receiving peer critiques and coaching.