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Aggregating Evidence

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Unit:

Data systems are everywhere, but only strong data systems enable better policy decision making. This unit asks you to critically evaluate the data systems you interact with regularly, and will equip you with five key principles for building and maintaining strong data systems.

This unit will help you:

  • Become a better user of data systems
  • Identify ways you can improve data systems in your context


  • Some familiarity with the policy realm
  • Some familiarity with data systems and data analysis
  • English language proficiency

About Evidence for Policy Design

The Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School uses analytical insights, drawn from economics and backed by rigorous evidence, to inform the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. To learn more about EPoD, please visit us at and follow @EPoDHarvard on Twitter.


This unit was developed through the EPoD Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence: Data and Evidence for Smart Policy Design (BCURE) project, a multi-year engagement to build technical and institutional capacity to integrate data and research evidence into policy decision making, focusing on South Asia. The development of this unit was funded by UK aid from the UK government; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.

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