This instructor-led online course is designed for all officials and professionals from the public and private sector who have an interest in increasing the use of evidence in public debate and policy making. No specific knowledge of statistical methods and concepts is required since this non-technical course will focus on the policy and communication aspects of measuring progress.
The course will provide you with crucial background knowledge and new insights on why measuring progress is important, on what to measure (progress and its dimensions), on how to measure progress, and how to ensure that progress measures are used to inform and promote evidence-based decision-making within and across the public, private and citizen sectors. You will have numerous opportunities to network and to debate crucial questions such as Is life getting better? and Is our obsession with gross domestic product to measure progress of a society unhealthy and misleading? with your fellow participants and with the course instructor.
The course will be conducted in English over a period of four weeks from 14 May to 15 June 2012, each week consisting of a module focusing on a different topic. A senior international expert with in-depth understanding of issues related to measuring progress will mentor the participants and moderate the weekly thematic online discussions.
Weekly module topics include:
- General introduction to measuring the progress of societies
- What to measure: Progress and its dimensions
- How to measure progress
- Ensuring that measures are used
The course will be delivered through UNITAR’s Virtual Learning Environment. This pedagogical tool will help you meet the course’s learning objectives through a self-paced study routine supported by multimedia, optional and required readings, thematic online discussions, self-assessment quizzes, and a wealth of other information.
UNITAR encourages all interested persons to register as early as possible since the number of seats is limited.
Further information and online registration is available at: http://www.unitar.org/event/statistics-knowledge-and-policy-understanding-societal-change-2012