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Evidence into policy and planning

Use evidence to inform policy and planning
This short course will equip you with the knowledge of a range of theoretical frameworks and approaches to develop an understanding of the relationship between evidence, policy and planning.

Course Overview

The aim of this unit is to increase students' understanding about the links between evidence and policy and planning and to build skills for making an evidence based case for change and implementing evidence based policy. The unit also advances conceptualisations of evidence for policy to include citizen, consumer and community experience as evidence.

By the end of this short course students will be able to:

  • Use evidence to identify areas that require policy change; 
  • Search for and critically appraise evidence for policy design and implementation; 
  • Understand key theories of the use of evidence in policy and practice; Critically analyse the role of evidence in policy and political processes;
  • Understand citizen and community experience as evidence; 
  • Use evidence effectively in a case for policy change.

Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Evidence into Policy and Planning (HPOL5008) It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion. However, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.

To receive credit points and an academic transcript, please see the Medicine Postgraduate Non Award.

Key information

Course fee

$1500 (including GST)

10% discount for 5 or more participants from the same organisation

Course structure

This unit is taught in 2 x 1 day blocks, plus four evening webinars.

Course dates

Online webinars

Tuesday March 1st, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday March 15th, 6:30pm- 8:00pm

Tuesday April 12th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday May 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:00pm


On campus workshops (full day)

Saturday March 3rd, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday April 30th, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Lead Unit Coordinator

Gabriel Moore


To be announced

Applications close

Monday February 7th 2022

How to apply


Complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process.

Groups (three or more)

Complete the group application form (pdf, 57.7KB) and submit it to

University of Sydney staff

Contact us regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

Sydney School of Public Health

  • Room 329, Level 3 Edward Ford Building (A27), The University of Sydney NSW, 2006