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The Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School brings together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty and a dynamic curriculum to address some of the most perplexing issues in governance and leadership today. CID-affiliated faculty play a critical role in these programs by disseminating their research findings thereby exposing leaders to cutting-edge solutions to some of the most challenging development problems. Through the Fall 2021 semester, Exec Ed programs will remain online.

Below is a list of courses that are led by CID-affiliated faculty:


A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking
Faculty: Ricardo Hausmann, Matt Andrews
In just five days, you and your global peers will discuss in depth the common issues you face, from identifying what constrains project success to designing appropriate solutions. You will conduct a major rethink of “growth diagnostics”—the methodology that underpins many national strategies for both governments and multilaterals, and helps determine what prevents projects from achieving their goals. You will also be actively involved in the creation of new, groundbreaking frameworks that will help drive development in the future. 


Public Finance in a Complex World
Faculty: Matt Andrews
Are you a public policymaker frustrated with the limited impact of your government’s policies? Do you see many policy ideas starting out with promise but ending up incomplete or ineffectively implemented? Are you trying to improve implementation? If so, you are not alone. Implementing Public Policy is designed to equip policymakers around the world with both the skills to analyze policies, as well as the field-tested tools and tactics to successfully implement them. The program is new, innovative, and practical. It builds on the traditional executive education program experience through a seven-month engagement that blends online, on-campus, and applied action learning.


Leading Economic Growth
Faculty: Ricardo Hausmann, Matt Andrews
This program offers a new approach to economic growth that focuses on expanding a country’s set of productive capabilities and expressing them in a more diverse and complex set of products. Contrary to a commonly held belief, as countries become more developed, their citizens and firms specialize, but the national, regional, and metropolitan economies actually diversify. The opportunities for diversification are strongly affected by the initial set of productive capabilities, which makes each situation different. This Executive Education Program provides participants with critical tools to identify new activities that can most easily be developed successfully in a specific economy.


Leading Smart Policy Design
Faculty: Rema Hanna
The program teaches the Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) approach. Developed by experienced researchers and practitioners at Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program, the use of this approach has dramatically improved programmatic results in policy settings around the world, including in the United States, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Uganda. Now more than ever, using smart approaches that allow for quick, data-informed decisions is a critical step in addressing issues around the world.


Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness
Faculty: Dan Levy
Managers of social programs are under increasing pressure to provide evidence about the effectiveness of their programs, but what constitutes reliable and valid evidence of effectiveness? How should an organization generate evidence about the effectiveness of social programs? What data should organizations collect, and how should managers use that data? How does one assess and apply evidence that others have generated about what works? Answering these questions can help managers lead their organizations to design and implement more effective social programs.  This Executive Education program addresses the challenges that managers face in identifying useful strategies for assessing and improving social program effectiveness.


Public Financial Management 
Faculty: Matt Andrews
Every country around the world has embraced public financial management reforms over the last two decades, but many simply have not met expectations. This Executive Education program offers a rigorous, evidence-based approach to public financial management. The program is intended to bring together officials in charge of implementing reforms in their countries with leading experts from multilateral organizations to examine the challenges associated with successful systemic reform.

 

Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure
Faculty: Akash Deep
Every country around the world has embraced public financial management reforms over the last two decades, but many simply have not met expectations. This Executive Education program offers a rigorous, evidence-based approach to public financial management. The program is intended to bring together officials in charge of implementing reforms in their countries with leading experts from multilateral organizations to examine the challenges associated with successful systemic reform.

 

Infrastructure in a Market Economy
Faculty: Akash Deep
Infrastructure in a Market Economy will help senior decision-makers like you address critical questions about public-private partnerships in infrastructure. The program will show how collaboration between the two sectors can lead to successful outcomes. Bringing together senior-level officials from the public, corporate and nonprofit sectors, this intensive two-week on campus program examines lessons learned and best practices from public-private infrastructure development projects around the world.