Policy Analysis Training Programs

The tools and techniques of policy analysis are increasingly important to professionals in government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors around the world. The Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) now offers policy analysis training programs designed to help working professionals acquire key skills in a convenient, condensed format.

Each of the four program types—short courses, the executive program, workshops, and visiting scholars—will prepare participants to return to their respective fields with fresh ideas, grounded in sound methodologies, and with a renewed vision of what’s possible.

Short Courses

  • Employers sponsor the course and decide who among their staff will participate. To optimize the learning experience, course enrollment is capped at 25 participants.
  • Curriculum is customizable, but will always include an introduction to the field of policy analysis and the key analytic methods used in tackling policy challenges, such as cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, qualitative analysis, and basic statistics.
  • Courses are led by PRGS’s esteemed faculty—exceptional teachers who offer both leading-edge issue expertise and a practical approach to solving real-world challenges.
  • Courses are typically several weeks in duration and can be conducted at many of the RAND Corporation’s locations throughout the world, at the employer’s offices, or at another preferred site.
  • Follow-on mentoring for participants is available for an additional fee.
  • PRGS certificate issued upon completion of program.

The Executive Program

  • Generally a week in duration.
  • Curriculum focuses on a specific sector or issue (e.g., national security, health, international development); will be customized for participants' interests and experience.
  • Instruction by PRGS faculty, RAND researchers, and distinguished visiting discussion leaders.
  • Admission is competitive; open to applicants with achievement and professional responsibilities in the corresponding program sector or area. Tuition is paid by individual participants.
  • PRGS certificate issued upon completion of program.

Workshops

  • Employers sponsor a workshop and decide who among their staff will participate.
  • Short in duration (typically, 2–4 days).
  • Curriculum covers policy analysis fundamentals and issues specifically relevant to participants.
  • Led by PRGS faculty.
  • Offers opportunity for “hands-on” work.
  • PRGS certificate issued upon completion of workshop.

Visiting Scholars

  • Available to working professionals who are nominated for the program by a RAND research client, and who meet specific enrollment requirements.
  • Participants enroll in full-time PRGS courses for one or more quarters.
  • Courses may be taken for graduate credit.
  • PRGS Certificate in Policy Analysis awarded at program’s conclusion.

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