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Bureaucracies and evidence-based policymaking

29 February - 2 March 2024 | Executive MPA seminar

Bringing evidence to policymaking is a critical challenge for today’s policymakers at all levels of government. On the one hand, demand for supporting policy designs and implementation practices based on knowledge, information and research is ever-increasing, putting pressure on programme managers and policymakers at various levels to step up their game and be well-versed in the craft of policy research. At the same time, the social, political and media environments make the rational use of knowledge and research more difficult – knowledge and information become contested, ignored and side-lined in a world shaped by the increasingly powerful role of digital media and social polarisation.

Debates about evidence-based policy often focus on two worlds: The world of research and the world of politics. This take underestimates the critical role of bureaucracy in policymaking as well as its various linkages with external experts and advisors – and reforms to promote evidence-based policy often fail to grasp these realities. That is why the course combines insights from research on the role of evidence with those from the world of politics and bureaucracy.

This seminar is offered as part of the Executive MPA programme and in the open enrolment programme.


  • Thurid Hustedt , Dean of Graduate Programmes and Professor of Public Administration and Management