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 will introduce 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 will be prepared and taught by professional statisticians from CSO. This will be a practical “hands-on” course, and emphasis will be placed on the visualisation and presentation of statistics so that useful policy relevant information or knowledge can be derived. Students will also be introduced to data management and metadata best practice and to the broader principles of evidence-informed policy formulation and evaluation. Audience 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 will prove of great benefit to those who need to present analyses or business cases to peers and to those charged with research and analyses. Delivery and Duration This programme takes one academic year and is delivered via distance learning. Students will receive comprehensive course material prepared by the CSO and the IPA. The distance learning is supported by attendance at scheduled seminars and workshops held at the IPA over the course of the academic year, where, in addition to receiving lectures and demonstrations, emphasis will be placed on understanding key statistics in relation to current economic and social developments.