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Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods course, Fall 2018 (UNU-MERIT)

Deadline: 15 August 2018.

Developing competence and specific skills to effectively perform evidence-based academic or policy-oriented research is essential for knowledge creation and decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society. The Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course, offered by United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and social Research institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and its School of Governance aims to equip participants with the fundamental tools for designing and analysing evidence-based research.

The EPRM course will train participants in:

  • Designing a research proposal for evidence-based research in the workplace or in a research environment
  • Analysing qualitative or quantitative data
  • Attaining current knowledge in a specialisation area
  • Academic writing and dissemination of the proposed research

In order to ensure the development of a quality research proposal, participants will receive continuous personal feedback on their proposal by researchers and professors at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University. In order to build an evidence-based proposal, participants of EPRM will also have full access to a large selection of books, journals and databases available through the Maastricht University Library.

The programme is designed for professionals who aim to increase their research skills, but are unable to leave their job for longer periods. The programme assumes participants will be able to spend a significant amount of time on the courses, yet does not expect the participants to stop with their work but rather to combine the training with the job. We target researchers from academic institutions or policy makers in developing or developed countries seeking to strengthen their research competencies and outputs. This programme can serve as capacity building for staff in universities, research units within businesses, NGOs, ministries and think tanks.

Participants are required to hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field of specialisation, including Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, International Relations, Governance, Law, Business Administration and Social Sciences, Engineering, Sociology.

Adequate level of spoken and written English is required. Applicants whose native language is not English or whose previous education has been in a language other than English, must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language by achieving the following scores:

  • IELTS at least 7.0
  • TOEFL paper based: at least (PBT): 600
  • TOEFL Internet based (IBT): at least 100

The programme fills the gap between master graduation, and the start of a research, either for employment or in a PhD programme. After completion of this programme, you are better equipped to apply for PhD programmes, or engage in research activities within your own institute.

Since the course covers research skills that transcend different disciplines any participants who wish to update or ascertain these skills are welcome. However, in order to guarantee specialised feedback by professors and researchers proposal writing, applicants are recommended to review ongoing research activities at UNU-MERIT/School of Governance.

Students who complete the full programme (i.e. pass the (online) courses and succeed in presenting a satisfactory research proposal) will receive a certificate.

Upon successful completion of one or several modules as part of the modular approach, participants will receive a course certificate for the course in question.

Upon completion of all modules (within maximum 3 years counting from the starting date) participants also receive the complete EPRM certificate.

Deadline: 15 August 2018 (for the Fall programme 2018, starting 10 September 2018)

[Boletín SIUN 393, 31 de mayo de 2018]

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