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Just when you thought a great book couldn&BAD:rs"t get any better, Eugene Bardach improves his &BAD:"gem&BAD:" of a handbook. Presenting dozens of concrete tips, interesting case studies, and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional, Bardach&BAD:rs"s eightfold approach encapsulates more than 20 years of teaching and guiding students towards effective, accurate, and persuasive policy analysis.Some of the enhancements to this edition?A separate appendix that provides sample questions for policy analysts to ask about public and nonprofit institutions in order to aid their analysis and implementation. New attention to troubleshooting problems&BAD:-how to avoid linguistic pitfalls, confusing &BAD:"alternatives&BAD:" and &BAD:"criteria,&BAD:" and projecting outcomes that lead to design problems. Expanded coverage of cost-effectiveness analysis (including a new excerpt from a RAND Corporation report). Explanation of evidence and justification, as well as additional semantic tips in the appendices Readers will also find a sample document of real world policy analysis, a primer in how to &BAD:"talk the talk&BAD:" of policy analysis, and a cheat sheet of strategies for solving a host of policy problems.
Table of Contents
|The Eightfold Path||p. xvi|
|Overview of the Book||p. xix|
|The Eightfold Path||p. 1|
|Define the Problem||p. 1|
|Assemble Some Evidence||p. 10|
|Construct the Alternatives||p. 15|
|Select the Criteria||p. 26|
|Project the Outcomes||p. 38|
|Confront the Trade-offs||p. 52|
|Tell Your Story||p. 57|
|Assembling Evidence||p. 65|
|Getting Started||p. 66|
|Locating Relevant Sources||p. 68|
|Gaining Access and Engaging Assistance||p. 75|
|Conducting a Policy Research Interview||p. 80|
|Using Language to Characterize and Calibrate||p. 88|
|Protecting Credibility||p. 89|
|Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Research||p. 92|
|"Smart (Best) Practices" Research: Understanding and Making Use of What Look Like Good Ideas From Somewhere Else||p. 95|
|Develop Realistic Expectations||p. 95|
|Analyze Smart Practices||p. 96|
|Observe the Practice||p. 101|
|Describe Generic Vulnerabilities||p. 105|
|But Will It Work Here?||p. 107|
|Back to the Eightfold Path||p. 109|
|Specimen of A Real-World Policy Analysis||p. 111|
|Things Governments Do||p. 127|
|Subsidies and Grants||p. 129|
|Service Provision||p. 130|
|Agency Budgets||p. 131|
|The Structure of Private Rights||p. 132|
|The Framework of Economic Activity||p. 133|
|Education and Consultation||p. 133|
|Financing and Contracting||p. 134|
|Bureaucratic and Political Reforms||p. 135|
|Understanding Public and Nonprofit Institutions: Asking the Right Questions||p. 137|
|Performance Measurement||p. 138|
|Production/Delivery Processes||p. 140|
|Front-line Workers and Co-Producers||p. 140|
|Partners and Other Outsiders||p. 141|
|Culture and Communications||p. 142|
|Strategic Advice on the Dynamics of Political Support||p. 145|
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