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A Practical Guide For Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path To More Effective Problem Solving,9781568029238

A Practical Guide For Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path To More Effective Problem Solving

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9781568029238

ISBN10:
1568029233
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Pub. Date:
11/1/2004
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Cq Pr
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Table of Contents

PREFACE ix
INTRODUCTION xiii
The Eightfold Path
xiv
Overview of the Book
xvii
PART I THE EIGHTFOLD PATH 1(60)
Step One: Define the Problem
1(9)
Step Two: Assemble Some Evidence
10(5)
Step Three: Construct the Alternatives
15(10)
Step Four: Select the Criteria
25(10)
Step Five: Project the Outcomes
35(12)
Step Six: Confront the Trade-offs
47(5)
Step Seven: Decide!
52(1)
Step Eight: Tell Your Story
53(8)
PART II ASSEMBLING EVIDENCE 61(30)
Getting Started
62(2)
Locating Relevant Sources
64(7)
Gaining Access and Engaging Assistance
71(5)
Conducting a Policy Research Interview
76(8)
Using Language to Characterize and Calibrate
84(1)
Protecting Credibility
85(3)
Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Research
88(3)
PART III "SMART (BEST) PRACTICES" RESEARCH: UNDERSTANDING AND MAKING USE OF WHAT LOOK LIKE GOOD IDEAS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE 91(16)
Develop Realistic Expectations
91(1)
Analyze "Smart Practices"
92(5)
Observe the "Practice"
97(4)
Describe Generic Vulnerabilities
101(1)
But Will It Work Here?
102(3)
Back to the Eightfold Path
105(2)
APPENDIX A SPECIMEN OF A REAL-WORLD POLICY ANALYSIS 107(16)
Preface
107(1)
Summary
108(15)
APPENDIX B THINGS GOVERNMENTS DO 123(10)
Taxes
123(1)
Regulation
124(1)
Subsidies and Grants
125(1)
Service Provision
126(1)
Agency Budgets
127(1)
Information
127(1)
The Structure of Private Rights
128(1)
The Framework of Economic Activity
129(1)
Education and Consultation
129(1)
Financing and Contracting
130(1)
Bureaucratic and Political Reforms
131(2)
APPENDIX C SEMANTIC TIPS: A SUMMARY 133(8)
Defining the Problem
133(1)
Assembling the Evidence
134(1)
Constructing the Alternatives
135(1)
Selecting the Criteria
136(1)
Projecting the Outcomes
136(1)
Confronting the Trade-offs
137(1)
Interviewing
138(1)
Doing "Smart Practices" Research
139(2)
REFERENCES 141(2)
INDEX 143


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