In times of increasing budget constraints, effective budget and financial management systems are central to the successful operation of all public sector organisations. This certificate is aimed at public sector professionals with non-financial backgrounds who are seeking up-to-date methods to improve public sector finances and make effective decisions.
Participants become acquainted with issues such as fiscal challenges, the budget cycle, and performance-based budgeting. They are introduced to public financial management concepts and challenges, gain insight into ‘nudging’ and experimental policy evaluation, and learn techniques for improving public sector decision-making.
Three of the following seminars*
- Economics for policymakers (19-23 October 2020)
- Bureaucracies and evidence-based policymaking (05-07 November 2020)
- Smart decisions in government and business (18-20 January 2021)
- "Nudging" and experimental policy evaluations (21-23 January 2021)
- Budgeting and priority-setting in government (01-03 February 2021)
- When to trust the numbers: Informed data consumption (15-17 February 2021)
- Good governance and anti-corruption (19-21 April 2021)
- Sustainability (07-09 June 2021)
- Open data and digital state capacity (10-12 June 2021)
- Workshop in London (17-20 May 2021)
One of the following skills trainings*
- Writing for policymakers (19-20 November 2020)
- Management of transformation and innovation projects (10-11 December 2020)
- Scenario-building and foresight (25-26 January 2021)
- Data skills (22-23 February 2021)
- Political communication (22-23 March 2021)
- Negotiation and mediation (15-16 April 2021)
*Participants make their choice.
Most courses take place on an annual basis.
Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)
- Higher education degree
- At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
- Good knowledge of English
- Three seminars and one skills training, amounting to a total of 11-12 days.
- Additional time for the preparation of the seminars, as well as for the follow-up assignments.
- 11 ECTS credits are acquired.
€ 6,900 if certificate programme includes a Workshop
Certificate fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses.
Certificate fee includes (unless otherwise indicated):
Attendance, online access to course literature before the seminars, materials during the seminars, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), correction and rating of assignments, and a final certificate after full and successful attendance (11 ECTS credits are acquired). Participants of the certificate programme must complete the certificate within two years. Most courses take place on an annual basis. All seminars take place at the Hertie School in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.
Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.