What you'll learn

  • The goal of this course is to provide a brief overview of three commonly-used approaches for analytical decision-making. Harvard Kennedy School also offers an in-depth online course on this topic as part of the Public Leadership Credential (PLC). Learn more about PLC at http://onlinelearning.hks.harvard.edu 

Course description

This course will help senior officials make greater use of data and evidence in their everyday decision-making. This unit presents a few over-arching frameworks that are helpful in approaching complicated decisions. You will learn how to orgnaize your thinking, how to break a problem down into parts, and how to figure out where evidence can be most useful in making a decision.

Course Outline

What are three commonly used systematic approaches to decision-making? 

What are the pros and cons of these different approaches? 

How do evidence and data inform each of these systematic approaches?


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