Design by numbers–the art and science of data-driven policy design


8 March–9 March 2021
13 April 2021
14 April 2021






This masterclass is by invitation only.


In the information age, there is no shortage of data readily available to policy makers. Finding and assessing evidence is critical to developing evidence-informed policy, and policy makers must become highly adept at gaining knowledge of problems from a range of data and analytical approaches. In addition, a critical component of the evidence gathering process is evaluating existing policies and programs and using evaluative findings to create a process of continuous improvement. 

While governments regularly acknowledge the usefulness of data during the development of policy and programs, there is crucial need to improve capabilities within government to effectively use and analyse data and generate the insights needed to develop quality evidence-informed policy.

In this masterclass, Dr Zina O’Leary will draw on social and health policy scenarios to explore the ways in which data can be analysed and interpreted to develop insights and generate evidence for the development and evaluation of quality policy.

Target audience

This masterclass is for Directors'-General, Deputy Directors'-General, regional networks and senior executives.


  • Senior executives: 8–9 March 2021 (9am–11am across two days)
  • Directors'-General and Deputy Directors'-General: 13 April 2021 (9am­–11am)
  • Regional networks: 14 April 2021 (9am­–11am)

How to book

This masterclass forms part of the Queensland public sector development series 2021 and is by invitation.  Sponsored placements have been made available to Leadership Board agencies.


Public Service Commission in partnership with ANZSOG.

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