Sanford offers executive education programs for mid-career and senior-level professionals to enhance their skills.

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Programs are offered on timely topics related to policy and leadership including corporate social responsibility (CSR), project appraisal and risk management, tax analysis, and monitoring and evaluation. The programs give professionals the opportunity to learn from and share best practices with our faculty and other experienced international development practitioners from around the world, reaching professionals in more than 120 countries. Open enrollment and custom programs for organizations are available.

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Upcoming Courses


Behavioral Economics

July 29 – August 26, 2022

Behavioral economics serves as a policy and program design framework that helps policymakers improve program effectiveness and achieve better outcomes.

This online course offers professionals from the public and non-profit sector the opportunity to learn about the latest findings in behavioral economics and focus on the tools needed to apply the framework to their own work. Working alongside Duke faculty and peers, students will apply their new knowledge and skills to a variety of sectors during the course’s immersive and engaging group project component.

Participants who complete this course will receive a course certificate from Duke University and the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy.

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Cybersecurity Leadership Program

June 13 - 15, 2022 (For U.S. based executives)

June 15 - 17, 2022 (For foreign government officials)

The Duke Cybersecurity Leadership Program provides leaders with the tools they need to address the next generation of threats. Board members and other executives will learn how to better execute oversight responsibilities, effectively manage risk, and prepare their organizations for the latest cybersecurity challenges.

This unique program combines the expertise of Duke’s public policy school, computer science department, engineering school, and law school. The program faculty includes not only subject matter experts from Duke, but also leaders who have managed and responded to cybersecurity risks at the highest level of industry and government.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

September 28 - 30, 2022

A company's core business success relies on the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility throughout its business programs and strategies.

This course will cover all the critical elements of effective corporate social responsibility programming. It will cover environmental and sustainability efforts, diversity, equity and inclusion, supply chain practices, community and employee engagement, labor practices, investment strategies, corporate philanthropy and public private partnerships. As part of the program over a dozen of the most gifted practitioners  in each of these areas will share what works and what doesn't, and most importantly how to best implement effective strategies and chart a path forward into the future.

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Monitoring & Evaluation (M&EDP)

July 4 – 15, 2022

Effective monitoring and evaluation of programs remains both a challenge and priority in developing and emerging economies. It is a key element for successful planning and implementation of development programs in sectors such as health, education, agriculture, rural and urban development, and municipal services.

The two-week program on Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programs (M&EDP) helps participants learn the key steps and analytical tools to design and monitor programs and develop an analytical framework to evaluate their performance and outcomes.

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Project Appraisal and Risk Management

May 15 - June 10, 2022

The four-week Project Appraisal and Risk Management training program teaches financial, economic, stakeholder, and risk analysis and risk management through real and applied case studies, lectures and group discussions.

The workshop takes you through a flexible appraisal framework designed to handle different types of projects, from  infrastructure investments and social programs to commercial enterprises and utilities. It also covers a wide range of issues such as environmental impacts, risk management and poverty reduction. Leading experts in specialized areas are also invited to address participants. Additionally, you will work with other participants to complete a project in your own sector of interest.

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Tax Policy and Revenue Estimation

July 18 – August 5, 2022

Domestic revenue mobilization has gained renewed importance in the wake of economies recovering from the aftermath of global pandemic, as countries need to garner their own revenues, and more importantly estimate the revenue appropriately so that development plans can be chalked out efficiently.

In this program, you will develop the knowledge and tools required to analyze key tax policy issues and estimate tax revenues, through a combination of lectures, case studies, presentations, and hands-on exercises. In this online three-week intensive course, we will impart you economic foundations of tax policy and revenue estimation models, with latest updates in the field of taxation and public finance.  


Featured Podcast

Policy 360 with Stan Litow

Beyond money — fundamentally – what role should companies play in society? Is there a way to encourage companies to be more socially responsible? In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Dean Judith Kelley discusses social corporate responsibility with Professor Stan Litow, author of The Challenge for Business and Society: From Risk to Reward.