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The Policy Research Methodology course is an 8-week online course, which forms part of the Policy Phase (third phase of the programme). The next course will start on 17 September 2012.

The course will introduce analytical insights in challenging ICT and IG topics that have strategy and developmental dimensions, alongside a research proposal exercise.

The course is designed as an introduction to the principles and practices of policy research, development and implementation. It follows a 'project-based' approach, in that students are expected to gain practical and theoretical knowledge and apply this in their assignments.

Visit our Internet governance research section for research papers and policy discussion papers written by IGCBP participants over the years.

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IGCBP
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Mode(s) of study: 
Certificate
Course details

The Policy Research Methodology course is an 8-week online course, which forms part of the Policy Phase (third phase of the programme). The next course will start on 17 September 2012.

The course will introduce analytical insights in challenging ICT and IG topics that have strategy and developmental dimensions, alongside a research proposal exercise.

The course is designed as an introduction to the principles and practices of policy research, development and implementation. It follows a 'project-based' approach, in that students are expected to gain practical and theoretical knowledge and apply this in their assignments.

Visit our Internet governance research section for research papers and policy discussion papers written by IGCBP participants over the years.

The Policy Research Methodology course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Policy Research
  • What is Policy Research? Policy research in developing countries
  • Research Methodologies Research Cycle
  • Good Policy Making Models
  • Evidence Based Policy - For and Against
  • Data - Open and Linked, Gov 2.0, Other Initiatives
  • Consultation, Engagement and Participation
  • Prediction, Evaluation, Dissemination and Course Conclusions
Who should apply

Diplo seeks applications from the following categories of individuals from both developed and developing countries:

  • officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • journalists covering IG issues; and
  • individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).
Prerequisites

Applicants are required to have:

  • IG knowledge and/or experience of the multistakeholder approach in international affairs;
  • fluency in English, as well as fluency in the second language for the applicants to any of the bilingual groups;
  • good writing skills, ability to summarise information and focus on details;
  • regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable);
  • minimum of 8-10 hours commitment per week during each phase of the programme (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant); and
  • the readiness to participate in online sessions (once a week at specified times).

 

Fees

The fee for the Policy Research Course is 650.

Payment must be made before participants are granted access to the classroom.

The best participants from the IGCBP12 (Foundation and Advanced Phases) will be considered for a scholarship sponsored by VeriSign.

How to apply

Applications for the Policy Research Methodology course are now closed.

For more information about Diplo's Internet governance initiatives, including the Internet Governance Building Programme, visit www.diplomacy.edu/ig, or contact us at ig@diplomacy.edu

 

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Course details:

The Policy Research Methodology course is an 8-week online course, which forms part of the Policy Phase (third phase of the programme). The next course will start on 17 September 2012.

The course will introduce analytical insights in challenging ICT and IG topics that have strategy and developmental dimensions, alongside a research proposal exercise.

The course is designed as an introduction to the principles and practices of policy research, development and implementation. It follows a 'project-based' approach, in that students are expected to gain practical and theoretical knowledge and apply this in their assignments.

Visit our Internet governance research section for research papers and policy discussion papers written by IGCBP participants over the years.

The Policy Research Methodology course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to Policy Research
  • What is Policy Research? Policy research in developing countries
  • Research Methodologies Research Cycle
  • Good Policy Making Models
  • Evidence Based Policy - For and Against
  • Data - Open and Linked, Gov 2.0, Other Initiatives
  • Consultation, Engagement and Participation
  • Prediction, Evaluation, Dissemination and Course Conclusions
Who should apply:

Diplo seeks applications from the following categories of individuals from both developed and developing countries:

  • officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • journalists covering IG issues; and
  • individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).
Methodology:

Learning activities take place in an online classroom and include the analysis of course materials, interactive group discussions using a variety of communication tools, assignments, and exams, and other dynamic methodologies. Successful participants of the will receive a certificate of completion.

Languages: Programme materials and the online classroom platform are in English.

Prerequisites:

Applicants are required to have:

  • IG knowledge and/or experience of the multistakeholder approach in international affairs;
  • fluency in English, as well as fluency in the second language for the applicants to any of the bilingual groups;
  • good writing skills, ability to summarise information and focus on details;
  • regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable);
  • minimum of 8-10 hours commitment per week during each phase of the programme (this is perhaps the single most important requirement and should be evaluated seriously by any potential applicant); and
  • the readiness to participate in online sessions (once a week at specified times).

 

Fees:

The fee for the Policy Research Course is 650.

Payment must be made before participants are granted access to the classroom.

The best participants from the IGCBP12 (Foundation and Advanced Phases) will be considered for a scholarship sponsored by VeriSign.

How to apply:

Applications for the Policy Research Methodology course are now closed.

For more information about Diplo's Internet governance initiatives, including the Internet Governance Building Programme, visit www.diplomacy.edu/ig, or contact us at ig@diplomacy.edu

 

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