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The Professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation has been developed in conjunction with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and is targeted at decision-makers throughout the public service. It introduces students to important Irish and international official statistics that will help them better understand the structure and trends in Ireland’s economy and society. A unique feature of the programme is that course material is prepared and taught by professional statisticians from CSO. This is a practical “hands-on” course, and emphasis is placed on the visualisation and presentation of statistics so that useful policy relevant information or knowledge can be derived. Students are also introduced to data management and metadata best practice and to the broader principles of evidence-informed policy formulation and evaluation.

Professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

A blend of distance education and attendance at seminars/workshops

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language.

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 8 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2018

Application Deadline

September 2018

Fees

The cost of the programme is €1,450 (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments. See p.83 for more details.

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The Programme

The Professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation has been developed in conjunction with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and is targeted at decision-makers throughout the public service. It introduces students to important Irish and international official statistics that will help them better understand the structure and trends in Ireland’s economy and society. A unique feature of the programme is that course material is prepared and taught by professional statisticians from CSO. This is a practical “hands-on” course, and emphasis is placed on the visualisation and presentation of statistics so that useful policy relevant information or knowledge can be derived. Students are also introduced to data management and metadata best practice and to the broader principles of evidence-informed policy formulation and evaluation.

Is This Programme for you?

This programme will appeal to anyone in the wider public service who would like to obtain a specialised knowledge of official statistics and their role in decision-making. It is of great benefit to those who need to present analyses or business cases to peers and to those charged with research and analyses. 

Subjects

The programme is divided into four main areas. The topics covered include the following:

Framework for Official Statistics 
  • Principles of policy evaluation 
  • Accessing information 
  • Statistical infrastructure and data management
  •  Legal and institutional frameworks 
  • EU Code of Practice
Macro-Economy Statistics 
  • National and government accounts 
  • Banking and finance 
  • External trade and balance of payments 
  • Prices 
  • Globalisation
Business Economy Statistics 
  • Short- and long-term business statistics 
  • Innovation and R&D 
  • Science and technology 
  • Environment and energy 
  • Transport and travel 
  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
People, Demography and Labour Force Statistics 
  • Demography and migration 
  • Population and social conditions 
  • Employment, unemployment and earnings 
  • Health and education 
  • Well-being, equality and crime
Assessment

Assessment will consist of written assignments, a class presentation, and final examinations.

Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

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