Executive Education: Leading Smart Policy Design
Optimizing Evidence for Economic Decisions
Organizations that commit to harnessing data and evidence to learn and innovate are more likely to design and administer successful and sustainable policies and programs that can improve lives. Twenty-first century technology, and increasing complex global issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, are dramatically altering the environments in which organizations operate. These challenges require evidence-based policies and programming that are iterative, adaptive, and draw on a range of innovative economic policy solutions.
Leading Smart Policy Design is a new executive program for leaders and their teams charged with designing and delivering policies or programs that address social and economic problems around the world. It provides practical frameworks for analysis and hands-on experience using a smart, systematic, and collaborative approach to theory- and data- driven innovation. Faculty lecturers, including Rema Hanna, Matt Andrews, Dani Rodrik, and Michael Kremer will present theory and evidence behind policies for building economies in a sustainable, inclusive way. Topics will include growth models, tax collection, active labor market policies and social protection systems strengthening.
Participants will also learn the Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) approach, applying it directly to their most pressing challenges. Developed by experienced researchers and practitioners at Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program, the use of this approach has dramatically improved programmatic results in policy settings around the world, including in the United States, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Uganda. Now more than ever, using smart approaches that allow for quick, data-informed decisions is a critical step in addressing policy issues around the world.