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Policy Analytics: Understanding and Using Data

Key information

Subject area:

Public Policy, Politics & Security

Course type:

Executive Education

Credit level:


Credit value:



4 weeks

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

Increasingly, many of today’s most pressing and important social and political issues require quantitative analyses -- the collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. These techniques can be used to examine critical issues related to electoral politics, public opinion, and the media, as well as topics like development, finance, trade, human rights, and regulation. The ubiquity of so-called ‘Big Data’ makes quantitative techniques more applicable and useful than ever. Quantitative analysis is now a critical and highly sought-after transferable skill in the private and public sectors.

This module is designed to give you a hands-on perspective on the fundamentals of quantitative analysis. We start with the basics of quantitative research design, critically engaging with various approaches used by quantitative analysts. We progress by actively engaging with ‘data management’ (data collection, organization, and measurement), before focusing on data analysis(using data to describe trends and even explain and predict outcomes). You will perform primary data analysis and interpret and visualise the results of key econometrics analyses: multivariate regression, impact at the margins, analysis of outliers. You will learn how to use Stata, a powerful and widely used statistical software tool. Skills acquired in Stata are transferable to other statistical software packages.

What does this course cover?

Week 1: Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods

This week will introduce you to the fundamentals of quantitative methods. We will critically assess several topics such as: quantitative analysis, assessing and creating concepts, exploring data, introduction to Stata and Stata basics.

Week 2: Describing and Comparing Data

Continuing with Stata, Week 2 we’ll introduce you to ‘summary statistics’, statistical techniques used to describe and compare large datasets. Topics include essential Stata commands and using graphs and figures to visualize summary statistics and bivariate analyses in useful and meaningful ways.

Week 3: Using Data to Explain and Predict Outcomes

In this final week, you will learn how to use statistics to explain and predict outcomes. This covers an introduction to bivariate and multivariate regression analysis, when to use regression analysis, Stata regression and diagnostic commands and interpreting and graphing regression analysis.

What will I achieve?

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • How to generate and organise new databases as well as how to navigate very large“ off-the-shelf” databases.
  • The fundamentals of statistical analysis, from measures of central tendency to probability, to regression.
  • How to use a widely-used statistical software programme, Stata.
  • How to interpret and visualise the results of statistical analyses.

Who will I learn with?

Daniela Serban

Daniela Serban

Lecturer in Public Policy

Who is this for?

This short course is for mid-career professionals. Standard entry requirements are a 2:1 degree plus 3 years of relevant work experience. Applicants without a 2:1 or higher degree are welcome to apply and typically require 5+ years of relevant work experience.

How will I be assessed?

One written assignment, plus participation in webinars and discussion forums.

Our modules offer high levels of interaction with regular points of assessment and feedback. Each four week module is worth five Master's level academic credits and includes three webinars with a King's lecturer and peer group of global professionals.

What is the teaching schedule?

Format: Fully online, plus 3 x 1-hour weekly webinars

This module has been designed specifically for an online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures videos and online tutorials.

Fees and discounts

Tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £950

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