CEBMa’s Course Modules


Strengthen your EBM skills and critical mindset

to improve the quality of your decisions


Although evidence based management (EBM) sounds straightforward, gathering, understanding and applying evidence requires a particular set of skills and practical knowledge. Our online course modules will develop your EBM skills and enhance your understanding of how an evidence-based approach can support your organization’s decision-making and management practice.



Overview of the course modules

CEBMa’s certified course modules are designed to enhance your managerial skills through a distinctive, hands-on approach to management. The course modules cover all six steps of evidence-based management.



ModuleAfter completing this module, you will be able to ...
1. The Basic PrinciplesSummarize the basic principles of evidence-based management; Explain why we need evidence-based management; Explain what counts as evidence; Determine which sources of evidence were consulted; Assess (coarsely and in general terms) the quality of evidence; Determine whether the 'best available' evidence was used in a decision-making process; Correct common misconceptions about evidence-based management.
2. ASKIdentify (hidden) claims/assumptions regarding a practical issue; Determine whether an (assumed) problem is sufficiently clear; Determining whether there is sufficient evidence to support the (assumed) problem; Determine whether the preferred solution is sufficiently clear; Determine whether there is sufficient evidence (from multiple sources) to support the preferred solution.
3. ACQUIRE - evidence from practitionersDetermine what evidence to acquire from practitioners; Determine how to prevent selection bias when acquiring evidence from practitioners; Determine the best method(s) to acquire evidence from practitioners; Determine whether bias could have affected evidence from practitioners; Formulate clear, unambiguous, and unbiased questions.
4. APPRAISE - evidence from practitionersAssess whether professional experience is valid and reliable; Grade the trustworthiness of professional experience; Recognize how system 1 thinking influences valid and reliable professional expertise; Determine whether a decision is based on system 1 or system 2 thinking; Recognize common cognitive biases; Identify ways cognitive biases can be overcome; Critically appraise evidence from practitioners.
5. ACQUIRE - scientific evidenceDetermine the most relevant online research database(s) given the question; Determine whether a journal is peer reviewed; Determine the most important PICOC terms; Search the Internet for relevant alternative and/or related terms; Search Google Scholar for related or broader academic terms; Test search terms to identify terms that yield the most relevant results; Apply Boolean operators to specify a search query; Use the history function to combine search queries; Apply methodological filters to identify meta-analyses and/or longitudinal/controlled studies; Narrowing search results by adding additional PICOC terms; Limit a search result by limiting the date range.
6. A short introduction to scienceAssess whether a study was conducted according to the scientific method; Recognize pseudo-science; Assess whether a statistically significant finding is of practical relevance; Assess whether methodological bias may have affected the results; Determine whether confounders may have affected the results; Assess whether a placebo effect may have affected the results; Identify moderators or mediators that may have affected the results; Distinguish quantitative research methods from qualitative research methods; Determine a study's research design; Efficiently read a research paper.
7. APPRAISE - scientific evidenceAssess the impact of an effect size; Assess whether a statistically significant finding is of practical relevance; Assess whether a confidence interval is sufficiently narrow; Assess whether an outcome was measured in a reliable way; Distinguish cause-and-effect questions from non-effect questions; Determine a study's research design; Assessing whether a study's research design is appropriate given the research question (methodological appropriateness); Assessing a study's methodological quality; Grading a study's trustworthiness on the basis of it's methodological appropriateness and quality; Summarizing a study's main findings, weaknesses, and overall trustworthiness.
8. ACQUIRE - organizational evidenceNot yet available
9. APPRAISE - organizational evidenceDetermine whether a logic model was used to collect and anaylze evidence from the organization; Assess whether organizational data are relevant; Identify steps in the collection and processing of data that could introduce risk of inaccurate data; Determine whether contextual information is missing; Determine whether there could be measurement error; Assess whether there could be a small number problem; Determine whether a metric is a good representation of the data; Interpret a metric's standard deviation; Assess whether a graph represents the data in a valid and reliable way; Interpret a correlation or regression coefficient; Determine whether a correlation- or regression coefficient is practically relevant; Assess whether there are outliers that may distort the evidence; Assessing whether range restriction may have affected the evidence; Assess whether a confidence interval is sufficiently narrow.
10 & 11. Stakeholder evidenceNot yet available
12. AGGREGATEExplaining what proof, evidence, chance, and 'conditional' probability means; Assessing the impact of a prior probability; Estimating the likelihood of the evidence: P(E|Htrue) and P(E|Hfalse); Updating the probability of a claim/assumption/hypothesis when new evidence comes available; Aggregating evidence from multiple sources by applying Bayes Rule.
13. APPLYUse the PICOC method to determine whether the evidence applies to the organizational context; Determine whether a decision/intervention gives you the biggest bang for your buck; Assess the level of risk inherent in a decision/intervention; Identify ethical issues that need to be considered; Determine whether (and if so, how) the evidence is actionable; Determine whether there are moderators that need to be taken into account; Determine, given the type of decision at hand, how and in what form the evidence can be applied.
14. ASSESSIdentify the type of decision (to be) made (routine, non-routine, or novel/hyper complex); Determine whether a decision was executed as planned; Assess an outcome using the gold standard method; Assessing an outcome using quasi- or non-experimental methods; Suggest ways to improve the validity and reliability of an outcome assessment; Assess whether an outcome was measured in a reliable way; Assess whether indirect and intangible costs were taken into account; Assess the (unintended) consequences of a decision on stakeholders.



How To Get Access

The first way to get access to the certified modules is by signing up as a member of CEBMa. Associate members get access to two modules: module 1 and 2. Professional members get access to six modules: module 2 to 7. After successfully completing the six modules professional members receive a CEBMa certificate of completion. You can find more information about becoming a CEBMa member here >>.



Another way to get access to the modules is through the executive education programs of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. After successfully completing the course modules, you will receive an official certification from Carnegie Mellon University. The course modules can also be delivered in company as a blended CEBMa/CMU executive course. If you are interested in this option, please contact CEBMa >>  for more information.




If you are a teacher/lecturer and would like to use one or more modules in your class, please contact CEBMa >> for more information.