Ask smarter questions. Get better results.

“In D.C., we never once questioned in the way that you have shown. This framework will be very helpful to me.”

A government official and prior participant

Leading Evidence-Based Decisions is an executive education program developed by faculty from Harris Public Policy and Princeton University to train policy leaders and security professionals in the principles of evidence-based decision making so they can ask smarter questions of their analysts and make better decisions.

Overview

The volume of information available to leaders at the decision-making level continues to increase dramatically. Strategic decision making around military, intelligence, and security challenges depend on the ability to effectively interpret data and evidence.This program advances policy professionals and security professionals understanding of the fundamental principles of evidence-based decision-making.

Over the course of two and a half days, leaders will gain a working knowledge of key principles that will allow them to ask smarter questions of their analysts and make better decisions. Participants will learn to:

  • Separate credible from non-credible evidence.

  • Distinguish causation from correlation.

  • Avoid common pitfalls in evidence-based decision making.

  • Overcome biases that distort many policy decisions.

By participating in classroom-based instruction, consideration of timely examples and case studies, and experiential group exercises, participants will leave with a transformed understanding of how to extract credible, substantive, and actionable information from evidence-based analyses.

Who Should Attend

This is a course for leaders who rely on evidence-based analysis and recommendations to make important decisions. It is not a course in data analysis. It is meant for:

  • Leaders in any organization who receive and utilize evidence to weigh courses of action or strategies.

  • Senior military staff and commanders at the O5 and O6 level or above (generally Lieutenant Colonels, Colonels, and Flag Officers).

  • Strategic Advisors/Initiatives Group leaders or staff team members.

  • Civilian officials at the Director and Senior Director level or equivalent.

Schedule

  • Upcoming program dates: August 15-17, 2018 at the University of Chicago Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C.
  • Class begins at 8:30am on Day 1 and ends by 2:00pm on Day 3. 
  • Program fee: $2,900 per participant
  • Registration is through the program site here.

 

Leading Evidence-Based Decisions is an executive education program developed in collaboration by Harris Public Policy, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC).

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