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Using Data Systems

Enrollment is Closed

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 material has been funded by Access Health International, through support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Nutrition content and examples were developed with support from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).