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    Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Nonprofit Leadership and Public Policy concentrations. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.

Program Overview

Diverse, more equitable societies have the potential to be the most innovative, peaceful, and prosperous in the world. When crafting policies, how can we understand and account for the historical exclusion of women, minority and marginalized groups, and populations with intersecting identities? At this unique moment in the evidence revolution of smart policymaking, leaders have more tools than ever to advance social equity and improve outcomes for all. 

Evidence for Equity is a one-week live online executive program created by Harvard faculty co-chairs Zoe Marks and Teddy Svoronos to enable you to engage in data-driven, evidence-based policymaking through an equity lens. Alongside a global cohort, you will gain the skills needed for diagnosing and analyzing inequalities, and tackling and transforming them to achieve more inclusive and effective policy outcomes. 

    illustration of scheduleProgram Curriculum

    Over the course of five days, Evidence for Equity will offer frameworks and tools for maximizing data’s potential to advance social equity. Through a mix of live faculty-led lectures, groupwork, and individual reflection, you will learn how to measure social diversity and the differential impacts of policies on various segments of society to achieve more robust and inclusive well-being for all. 

    The best leaders understand how social inequalities manifest and the evidence-based approaches for understanding and addressing them. You will leave this program with skills for diagnosing and analyzing inequalities, as well as transforming them to achieve more equitable and effective outcomes in your organization and work.

    Learning Objectives

    Evidence for Equity will provide participants with a toolkit for measuring and understanding social inequalities, and evidence-based approaches for addressing them, including:

    • An analytic and applied approach to understanding complex inequities
    • Ways to reimagine available data and deploy mixed methods to make immediate progress on measuring and achieving impact
    • Strengthened data collection methods and evaluation strategies for the long term
    • Approaches to bring to light the experiences of groups that are often systematically underrepresented in data collection efforts, or tend to be studied separately and apart from broader society
    • Tools to close the knowledge gaps that perpetuate inequality and invisibility

    Application Information

    Sample Schedule

    Live sessions will be conducted on Zoom through a mix of live faculty-led sessions, group and asynchronous work, including:

    • Live Faculty-led Sessions: Mon - Fri from 9:00 am – 1:45 pm ET time
    • Study Groups: Participants will meet in study groups once daily, (choosing from either 8:00am – 8:45am ET or 2:00 – 2:45pm ET)
    • Readings: Participants will spend approximately one to two hours of preparatory work before the program begins, and approximately one hour of daily independent work once the program is under way.
    • Optional Virtual Networking daily during the main break from 11.45 am – 12:30pm ET
    • A 1-hour Onboarding Session (week prior)
    Faculty Reflection

    “To truly achieve meaningful progress toward equity, we need new tools to measure and understand inequality.”

    Zoe Marks, Faculty Co-chair, Evidence for Equity and Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
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    Learn more about Evidence for Equity  from Faculty Co-Chairs Zoe Marks and Teddy Svoronos

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    Zoe Marks

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    Lecturer in Public Policy

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    Teddy Svoronos

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    Lecturer in Public Policy

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