Utilising Evidence In Decision Making

It is often the case that bad policy and poor management decisions can arise from the lack of consideration of relevant evidence, or even the absence of any evidence at all.

This course explores how to properly source the right evidence while challenging assumptions made about evidence collection and evaluation. Part of our Policy Skills series, Utilising Evidence in Decision Making is available on request and will help delegates understand the importance and benefits of having firm evidence.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each delegate, ensuring that courses are applicable to attendee’s role and organisations so that each delegate can get the most from the training. Our courses and trainers are constantly updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Key features of the course include:

  • Evidence in policy and business cases
  • Challenging beliefs, assumptions and values
  • Managing processes and mechanisms
  • Seeking and sourcing evidence
  • Analysing evidence
  • Managing risk and uncertainty
  • Fitting into the wider policy environment, in particular institutional constraints
  • Anticipating challenges to your decision
  • Process to reconsider decisions in the light of more robust evidence

Designed for:

Delegates who need to develop their ability to source or judge the evidence for business or policy decisions.

Learning outcomes:

Delegates will gain a finely-tuned understanding of the importance of a firm evidence base as well as the knowledge necessary to recognise where this fits into their typical policy or project cycles.

Delegates will also understand how to effectively find and sift through information, as well as when it’s appropriate to work with specialists in order to gather the information required. 




10:00 - 16:00


Price on request.


Available to be delivered In-House


In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.


Lead Trainer

Clair Fisher

Clair Fisher

Clair is passionate about excellent Public Services and began her career in the Civil Service, quickly rising to senior positions. After working as a Director of a Charity, Clair now delivers leadership, strategy and policy training across various Government departments and other organisations.

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Clair Fisher

Clair Fisher

Clair’s career began in the Civil Service, where she worked in the Department for Constitutional Affairs (Now Ministry of Justice), the Home Office, and the Government Office for the South East.  

Clair rose quickly to hold senior roles and worked closely with Ministers to lead complex projects during turbulent and challenging times.  Her expertise is in development and improvement work with senior leaders and their teams, as well as managing collaborative projects and delivering within complex organisational structures.

More recently Clair has been involved in delivering extensive training for many Public Sector organisations and Government departments. Some of her past successes including delivering effective leadership and change management training within Tower Hamlets council, working with Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex , where she conducting a management audit, and working  with the National Trust to redevelop the training materials for the managers of the Trust’s 70,000 volunteers.

Clair is a visiting lecturer at Brighton Business School and Surrey University, an associate of Local Partnerships and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.


  • ILM 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching
  • MBA (Distinction), University of Brighton
  • ACCA Diploma in Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) History with Law, UEA

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