Public Policy Analysis

  • Online certificate course
  • School of Public Policy
  • Application code OCC008
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Global

An understanding of the complex social, political, economic and institutional factors that influence public policy is vital to effectively analyse policy decisions and social interventions, and to make meaningful, informed policy recommendations.

During the LSE Public Policy Analysis online certificate course, you’ll engage with topical, global case studies as you develop practical skills and techniques for immediate application to policy-related projects, or within your organisation. Benefit from the unique pedagogy and multidisciplinary approach of LSE – an institution at the forefront of research and teaching in the social sciences – as you develop analytical frameworks to better understand the policy process and the factors that contribute to policy success and failure.

Over the course of 10 weeks, online, you’ll enhance your practical policy communication skills, as well as explore how to leverage common quantitative techniques and research methodologies to conduct evidence-based impact evaluations.

Throughout this online certificate course, developed by LSE’s School of Public Policy, you’ll get the opportunity to interact with a global cohort of like-minded individuals and to learn from expert LSE faculty with diverse experience in conducting research in a number of different countries, across a variety of policy areas.

CPD Certified

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning. 

Programme details

Key facts

Registrations close: 15 June 2021 

Course start (Orientation opens): 23 June 2021 

Module 1 starts: 30 June 2021

Duration: 10 weeks (excluding orientation)

Commitment: 7 - 10 hours per week

Fee: £2,200

Course outcomes

  • Build practical skills for application in policy-related projects, or within your organisation

  • Develop an analytical framework for thinking about the policy process

  • Learn to perform evidence-based policy evaluations with an understanding of the quantitative tools available – including basic statistical methods, regression analysis, and causal inference

  • Develop effective policy communication skills

  • Become empowered to make substantive recommendations to a policy organisation or stakeholders

  • Better understand the role you play in policy formation

Programme structure

  • Orientation Module

  • Module 1: The importance and goals of public policy

  • Module 2: Individuals and strategic interactions

  • Module 3: Institutions and public policy

  • Module 4: Quantitative skills for public policy

  • Module 5: Policy evaluation

  • Module 6: Policy communication 

  • Module 7: Public policy processes

  • Module 8: Representation, accountability, and public policy

  • Module 9: The politics of public policy

  • Module 10: Challenges for public policy



Dr Ryan Jablonski – Assistant Professor in Political Science, LSE Department of Government

Dr Daniel Berliner – Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, LSE Department of Government


There are no prerequisites for this course


This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in online education, GetSmarter. View the Public Policy Analysis online certificate course on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

Reading materials

All reading materials for this course will be made accessible to you through the Online Campus. Notes for each module are often downloadable, and you are able to save any information or collateral you use to your personal profile.

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