Introduction to policy evaluation

Open to
All Government Analysts, Members of the Analysis Function
Training category
Analytical, Working with other professions
Type of training
One day or half day
Civil Service Learning


This course will provide learners with the skills they need to act as an intelligent customer for evaluation.

As part of the Civil Service Learning Framework, the Cross-Government Evaluation Group, Office for National Statistics and Government Analysis Function have collaborated to source two training solutions for analysts and policy or delivery professionals:

  • Introduction to policy evaluation for analysts (one day)
  • Introduction to policy evaluation for policy and delivery officials (half day)

Learning outcomes

It should provide an understanding of:

  • the role of monitoring and evaluation in the context of government policy making, business case development, resource and budget planning and spending reviews
  • the use of a theory of change or logic models in programme development and evaluation planning
  • developing evaluation questions
  • the role of monitoring
  • the main evaluation approaches, e.g. impact, process and value-for-money evaluation
  • the importance of the counterfactual
  • the difference between experimental, quasi-experimental and theory-based impact evaluation methods, and when it is appropriate to use each
  • how to assess good quality in evaluation design and delivery
  • where to get more information including an overview of the Magenta Book and its annexes

How to book

This training can be booked via the Civil Service Learning website:

  • login to the Civil Service Learning website
  • search for, or click directly on Catalogue, or visit the Learning catalogue for the Civil Service – Civil Service Learning
  • on this page select the section that says ‘Request a booking for a single OTS product (includes pricing)’– then open the form and select the appropriate topics:
    • Introduction to policy evaluation for analysts (one day): £4743 + VAT (for 16 learners)
    • Introduction to policy evaluation for policy and delivery officials (half day): £4240 + VAT (for 16 learners)

Alternatively, colleagues can email with the title of the topic they wish to book and share the PDF purchase order with the team who can help process the booking.

Please note: prices are per cohort of up to 16 learners and should be booked as a cohort by a single person who can then allocate spaces to learners (the learners can come from one or more department but must have a email address).


If you have any question, please email