Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM028: Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Chris Playford (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will be introduced to the practice of policy analytics and evidence based decision-making – the application of advanced data mining and analysis to policy analysis and evaluation. As a student you will cover the major concepts addressed in the MSc including the politics of the policy making process, evidence-based decision making, the use of data analysis at each of the policy and decision making stages and the social complexities of policy-making. You will also be introduced to the main data analysis techniques used in policy analytics. You will be asked to integrate substantive topics with research methods and data analysis skills. 

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