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A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis - International Student Edition
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A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis - International Student Edition
The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

Sixth Edition


October 2019 | CQ Press
Eugene Bardach and co-author Eric Patashnik draw on more than 40 years of experience teaching students to be effective, accurate, and persuasive policy analysts. This bestselling handbook presents dozens of concrete tips, interesting case studies, and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
PART I: THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
Step One: Define the Problem  
Step Two: Assemble Some Evidence  
Step Three: Construct the Alternatives  
Step Four: Select the Criteria  
Step Five: Project the Outcomes  
Step Six: Confront the Trade-Offs  
Step Seven: Stop, Focus, Narrow, Deepen, Decide!  
Step Eight: Tell Your Story  
 
PART II: ASSEMBLING EVIDENCE
Getting Started  
Locating Relevant Sources  
Gaining Access and Engaging Assistance  
Conducting a Policy Research Interview  
Using Language to Characterize and Calibrate  
Protecting Credibility  
Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Research  
 
PART III: HANDLING A DESIGN PROBLEM
It’s a Production System  
Crosswalks to the Eightfold Path  
Define the Problem-- Focus on a Primary Outcome  
Construct the Alternatives-- Configure the System’s Organizational Structure and Its Operating Processes  
Select the Criteria-- Define the Objectives to Be Achieved  
Project the Outcomes-- Test Whether It Will Work  
Confront the Trade-Offs-- Examine the System from Multiple Perspectives  
Design a Transition Strategy  
 
PART V: “SMART (BEST) PRACTICES” RESEARCH: UNDERSTANDING AND MAKING USE OF WHAT LOOK LIKE GOOD IDEAS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE
Develop Realistic Expectations  
Analyze Smart Practices  
Observe the Practice  
Describe Generic Vulnerabilities  
But Will It Work Here?  
Back to the Eightfold Path  
 
APPENDIX A: THINGS GOVERNMENTS DO
I. Taxes  
II. Regulation  
III. Subsidies and Grants  
IV. Service Provision  
V. Agency Budgets  
VI. Information  
VII. The Structure of Private Rights  
VIII. The Framework of Economic Activity  
IX. Education and Consultation  
X. Financing and Contracting  
XI. Bureaucratic and Political Reforms  
 
APPENDIX B: UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Mission  
Environment  
Performance Measurement  
Technology  
Production/Delivery Processes  
Frontline Workers and Co-Producers  
Partners and Other Outsiders  
Centralization/Decentralization  
Culture and Communications  
Politics  
Leadership  
Leadership  
 
APPENDIX C: STRATEGIC ADVICE ON THE DYNAMICS OF GATHERING POLITICAL SUPPORT
Sequencing  
Timing  
 
APPENDIX D: SUGGESTIONS FOR INCORPORATING “BIG DATA” AND RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE INTO POLICY ANALYSIS
 
References
 
Index

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ISBN: 9781544372204
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