Public leaders must understand the complicated problems they want to solve, from child welfare to climate-friendly energy to citizen health and wellbeing. How do leaders leverage data to make optimized decisions? How do they verify that their programs are having the intended impact? In Evidence for Decisions, created by Teddy Svoronos, a lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, in concert with a learning team, you can acquire the skills necessary to demystify data and learn to leverage effective decision-making to change the world.
“This course is ideal for anyone seeking a graduate-level understanding of decision-making and evidence procedures for application in the public sphere.”
– John Strickland, PLC Learner, City of Murfreesboro
Evidence for Decisions
- Course A, Evidence for Decisions: From Descriptions to Decisions
- Course B, Evidence for Decisions: Causes and Consequences
Use analytical methods and empirical evidence to describe multifaceted problems, identify and evaluate the findings to demonstrate impact, and learn how to think carefully and systematically about how policies and programs affect the world.
First, we describe the world. Then, we act on it.
– Teddy Svoronos
The following are faculty guests in the Evidence for Decisions courses:
Who Should Take These Courses?
The ideal learners for the Evidence for Decisions courses are passionate about assessing data and outcomes to determine how to target the right population for the right program, work within real-world constraints to monitor impact, and strengthen accountability for current and future programs. Learners who complete these courses will be equipped with the tools to assess outcomes and make better decisions at national and local levels, in large and small programs.