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Course Summary

Effective decision making requires the ability to correctly interpret data and evidence. The course will begin by advancing policy and business professionals' understanding of the fundamental principles of evidence-based decision-making. Participants will learn to separate credible from non-credible evidence, distinguish causation from correlation, avoid common pitfalls in evidence-based decision making and overcome biases that distort many decisions.

You will then be introduced to the key elements of design thinking theory and practice. Design thinking has become a well-recognised term in the last decade, mostly due to its wide use in the global tech and start up communities. IDEO, a famous design agency that popularised the term, defines design thinking as ‘a way of finding human needs and creating new solutions using the tools and mindsets of design practitioners’. Reports such as Design Council’s The Design Economy 2018 and McKinsey's The Business Value of Design reinvigorated interest towards design thinking, particularly its benefits for social impact, regional and national development.

In the closing session of the course we will help you look at design challenges from your professional context through the lens of design thinking. Using the tools and frameworks from Google Ventures, AJ&Smart, and IDEO you will build your personal toolkit for emergent policy development and innovation.

We will also introduce you to the power of data science and to the art and science of decision-making in a strategic context.

List of Topics

Topic 1: Correlation vs Causation: Introduction

Topic 2: Five habits of successful people and other common mistakes related to correlation

Topic 3: When does correlation imply causation?

Topic 4: Avoiding pitfalls in evidence-based decision making

Topic 5: Design Thinking, Theory and Practice

Topic 6: Design Thinking: Application

Topic 7: The power of data science

Topic 8: The art and science of strategic decision-making

Day One

9am - 9.30am - Welcome Refreshments.

9.30am - 9.45am - Introduction to Course

9.45am -11.15am - Session 1

11.15am - 11:30am - Refreshments

11.30am -1pm - Session 2

1pm - 2pm - Lunch

2pm - 3.30pm - Session 3

3.30pm - 3.45pm - Refreshments

3.45pm - 5.15pm - Session 4

5.15pm -7pm - Free time

7pm - Welcome Dinner

Day Two

9.30am - 9.45am - Welcome Refreshments.

9.45am -11.15am - Session 5

11.15am - 11:30am - Refreshments

11.30am -1pm - Session 6

1pm - 2pm - Lunch

2pm - 3.30pm - Session 7

3.30pm - 3.45pm - Refreshments

3.45pm - 5.15pm - Session 8

5.15pm -6.30pm - Course finale celebration

6.30pm - End

Daily Course Schedule

09:30 – 09:45
Welcome refreshments
09:45 – 11:15
Morning Session 1
11:15 – 11:30
Mid-morning refreshments
11:30 – 13:00
Morning Session 2
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Afternoon Session 1
15:30 – 15:45
Afternoon refreshments
15:45 – 17:15
Afternoon Session 2

In addition you can look forward to a guest lecture at 5.30pm and welcome dinner at 7pm on day one and a graduation ceremony and celebration reception on day three from 5.30-7pm where you will receive your University of Warwick certificate of attendance.

A detailed timetable and reading list will be provided to you prior to the start of the course.