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Longitudinal studies are powerful tools to establish causality, track and predict outcomes of people over time however they can be complex and difficult use to inform policy. The aim of this micro-credential is to equip enrollees with the applied skills and knowledge to access and use information from longitudinal studies to inform public policy as a researcher, or as a policy maker.


  1. Types of longitudinal studies and how they can inform public policy
  2. Contemporary longitudinal studies in Australia
  3. Designing a research project using longitudinal data to answer a policy question
  4. Principles of longitudinal data analyses of surveys and administrative data

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollee's will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Specify a research question related to the policy process that is answerable using longitudinal studies
  2. Communicate and critique existing research in a rigorous manner
  3. Understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of the main empirical techniques for longitudinal analysis
  4. Understand the different forms of longitudinal studies and their strengths/limitations
  5. Design or critique a secondary data analysis project

Indicative assessment 

Assignment 1 – Introductions and identification of research question that uses longitudinal data (500 words, 20% of final mark) LO: 1, 2

Assignment 2 – Research design (500 words, 80% of final mark) LO: 3, 4, 5

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential is undertaken as a stand-alone course.


Course Code: DATA21

Workload: 22 hours 

  • Contact hours: 7 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 15 hours

ANU unit value: 1 unit

AQF Level: 8

Contact: Associate Professor Ben Edwards


This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

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