Master Classes

Evidence-Based Policy Making - Methods that Matter

Wed 6 November 2019 to Thu 7 November 2019Centenary Professor Gerry StokerUniversity of Canberra

Cost: $1,350.00 + GST

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm 

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The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) will be running a two-day Master Class on Evidence-Based Policy Making – Methods that Matter at the University of Canberra on Wednesday 6 November to Thursday 7 November. This two-day program aims at providing participants the opportunity to expand the range and variety of methods used to gather and analyse evidence for policy making. 

Every participant will receive a free copy of our book Evidence-based policy making in the social sciences: Methods that matter.


"This is an important book. University-based researchers, think tank staff, and policy makers, should all read it and follow its suggestions." Citizen’s Income Trust

"This valuable book highlights the potential contribution of a wide range of social science research methods to policy making, and outlines suggestions for improving the research input into the policy process." Professor Hugh Bochel, University of Lincoln

"An accessible and informative collection, providing invaluable practical guidance, which highlights the central importance of social science to public policy." Professor Tony Manzi, University of Westminster

Gerry Stoker and Mark Evans showcase tools through which to generate evidence-based policy insights. Released amidst discussions of a ‘post-truth’ era, this book is recommended to students looking to broaden their understanding of methods for providing meaningful evidence for policy creation”. London School of Economics Review of Books


In this two-day course we want you to be able to touch base with the latest best practice on the use of Systematic Reviews, Random Controlled Trials, the analysis of Big Data, design thinking, qualitative techniques for comparison using Boolean and fuzzy set logic, citizen science, the use narrative and visuals from policy makers and citizens and the role of deliberation in policymaking. By the end of the course you should be familiar with the basic demands of all methods and be able to select a few that will really help you in your day to day work.


To launch the Master Class, we will organise an initial morning session in the form of speed dating tables and you will have a chance to be briefed and ask questions about several methods as you move from table to table with sessions run by academic specialists in the method, accompanied in some case by policy makers who have used the method.

Thereafter in the first day afternoon you will get to explore various methods in greater depth. The second day will start with a group exercise where you apply the method to a policy question of interest and develop your skills and understanding in an interactive manner. In the final afternoon session, we will turn to the vexed issue of how to find the right method to apply to the right policy challenge. Again, there will be plenty of time for discussion and debate.


The goal is that you leave the event wiser about the range of social science methods for gaining evidence with access to resources to enable you to follow up. In addition, you will have worked through the application of a method suited to your policy challenges. Finally, you will have gained a network of contacts within the University and beyond to support your development and future work.


PROFESSOR GERRY STOKER is Professor of Politics and Governance at the University of Southampton, UK and is Centenary Professor at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra.

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