Executive course on EBPM

The Programme’s flagship executive course on EBPM was designed to provide learning opportunities for strategic leaders and top managers, from director general to chief director level, to build an understanding of how evidence can be used to make decisions about policies, programmes, services, and budgets – and ultimately improve the performance of government departments.

Developed by the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town in partnership with the PSPPD, and delivered bi-annually since 2014, the course unpacks the different influences on policy-making and implementation processes and the ways in which evidence can be incorporated into the management process. Different types of evidence and their usefulness in different arenas are analysed, and case studies are used to draw on participants’ experiences, as well as global thinking and best practice.

In addition, participants are given an opportunity to reflect on the strengths and limitations of policy-making and management processes in their respective departments to help lay the foundation for a change in their attitudes and behaviour towards using EBPM in their own work.

At the conclusion of the programme it is intended that participants should have an understanding of:

  • The difference between evidence and opinion
  • The characteristics of high-quality evidence
  • The EBPM cycle
  • The factors that influence policy and implementation processes
  • How the use of evidence can improve the performance of leaders and departments, as well as the implementation and impact of policies
  • The reason for, and the method of constructing, a theory of change
  • Tools for EBPM
  • The role of evidence in managing political and other influences on the policy and implementation process
3ie video lecture series on impact evaluation
This series is a primer on impact evaluation for those wanting to learn the basics. If you are a programme implementer, a policy-maker or a student looking to learn about how evaluations can generate rigorous evidence on the impact of development interventions, then this lecture series is for you. No prior knowledge is required.

The lectures in the series focus not just on the generation of evidence, but also the use of research findings to inform policies and programmes.

The first six video lectures cover the core concepts in impact evaluations and systematic reviews. A short quiz at the end of each lecture will help you assess your understanding of the subject covered in the video. Access the lectures here.