Leading Evidence-Based Decisions
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Leading Evidence-Based Decisions is an executive education program developed by faculty from Harris Public Policy and Princeton University to train policy leaders and security professionals in the principles of evidence-based decision making so they can ask smarter questions of their analysts and make better decisions.
The volume of information available to leaders at the decision-making level continues to increase dramatically. Strategic decision making around military, intelligence, and security challenges depend on the ability to effectively interpret data and evidence.This program advances policy professionals and security professionals understanding of the fundamental principles of evidence-based decision-making.
Over the course of two and a half days, leaders will gain a working knowledge of key principles that will allow them to ask smarter questions of their analysts and make better decisions. Participants will learn to:
- Separate credible from non-credible evidence.
- Distinguish causation from correlation.
- Avoid common pitfalls in evidence-based decision making.
- Overcome biases that distort many policy decisions.
By participating in classroom-based instruction, consideration of timely examples and case studies, and experiential group exercises, participants will leave with a transformed understanding of how to extract credible, substantive, and actionable information from evidence-based analyses.
Who should attend
This is a course for leaders who rely on evidence-based analysis and recommendations to make important decisions. It is not a course in data analysis. It is meant for:
- Leaders in any organization who receive and utilize evidence to weigh courses of action or strategies.
- Senior military staff and commanders at the O5 and O6 level or above (generally Lieutenant Colonels, Colonels, and Flag Officers).
- Strategic Advisors/Initiatives Group leaders or staff team members.
- Civilian officials at the Director and Senior Director level or equivalent.