Introduction to policy evaluation

Open to
Government analysts
Training category
Type of training
1 day, or a half day
Civil Service Learning
Civil Service Learning

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

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

  • Introduction to policy evaluation for analysts
  • Introduction to policy evaluation for policy and delivery officials

Learning outcomes

On this course you will:

  • learn about the role of monitoring and evaluation in the context of government policy making, business case development, resource and budget planning, and spending reviews
  • learn about using a theory of change or logic models in programme development and evaluation planning
  • develop evaluation questions
  • learn about the role of monitoring
  • learn about the main evaluation approaches – for example impact, process, and value-for-money evaluation
  • learn about importance of the counterfactual
  • gain an understanding about the difference between experimental, quasi-experimental, and theory-based impact evaluation methods – you will also learn when it is appropriate to use each approach
  • learn how to assess good quality in evaluation design and delivery

learn where to get more information, including an overview of the Magenta Book and its annexes

How to book

This training can be booked for 16 learners by contacting Civil Service Learning at You can ask to book one of the following:

  • “Introduction to policy evaluation for analysts” — this is a 1 day course
  • “Introduction to policy evaluation for policy and delivery officials” — this is a half day course

One person needs to book the course, but they can then allocate spaces to other learners. The learners can come from one or more department, but all learners must have a “” email address.


If you would like more information about this course, please email