Executive Seminar

Tools for evaluating public policies

We are living in the midst of an explosion of knowledge. Decision-makers are swamped with an ever-increasing amount of competing information from studies that aim at providing scientific policy advice. This makes the decision-making processes increasingly challenging.

This course provides an introduction to statistical methods with a particular focus on meta-analysis. Meta-analysis aims to systematically analyse research results from a multitude of studies in order to identify robust insights, sources of disagreement and get a better understanding of the size of study effects of interest. This is crucial for decision-makers in the public and private sector to make informed decisions.

The course aims to equip participants with a basic understanding of statistical tools that can help to improve public policy by making best use of available scientific information. Participants will understand the differences in major conceptualisations of the interface between science and policy and how this relates to the use of scientific information in decision-making processes. They will have an overview of available tools for meta-analysis including how they can be applied to inform more robust decision-making, be able to interpret results and understanding the particular pitfalls of such methods. Knowledge of statistics is NOT a prerequisite for the course.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods, the Certificate in Public Sector Innovation, or the Certificate in Managing International Cooperation and Development.

Target group

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


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar 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.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

Seminar director

  • Jan Minx , Professor for Science Policy and Sustainable Development