A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2008-10-31
  • Publisher: Cq Pr
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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

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. XV
The Eightfold Pathp. xvi
Overview of the Bookp. xix
The Eightfold Pathp. 1
Define the Problemp. 1
Assemble Some Evidencep. 10
Construct the Alternativesp. 15
Select the Criteriap. 26
Project the Outcomesp. 38
Confront the Trade-offsp. 52
Decide!p. 56
Tell Your Storyp. 57
Assembling Evidencep. 65
Getting Startedp. 66
Locating Relevant Sourcesp. 68
Gaining Access and Engaging Assistancep. 75
Conducting a Policy Research Interviewp. 80
Using Language to Characterize and Calibratep. 88
Protecting Credibilityp. 89
Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Researchp. 92
"Smart (Best) Practices" Research: Understanding and Making Use of What Look Like Good Ideas From Somewhere Elsep. 95
Develop Realistic Expectationsp. 95
Analyze Smart Practicesp. 96
Observe the Practicep. 101
Describe Generic Vulnerabilitiesp. 105
But Will It Work Here?p. 107
Back to the Eightfold Pathp. 109
Specimen of A Real-World Policy Analysisp. 111
Prefacep. 111
Summaryp. 112
Things Governments Dop. 127
Taxesp. 127
Regulationp. 128
Subsidies and Grantsp. 129
Service Provisionp. 130
Agency Budgetsp. 131
Informationp. 131
The Structure of Private Rightsp. 132
The Framework of Economic Activityp. 133
Education and Consultationp. 133
Financing and Contractingp. 134
Bureaucratic and Political Reformsp. 135
Understanding Public and Nonprofit Institutions: Asking the Right Questionsp. 137
Missionp. 137
Environmentp. 137
Performance Measurementp. 138
Technologyp. 139
Production/Delivery Processesp. 140
Front-line Workers and Co-Producersp. 140
Partners and Other Outsidersp. 141
Centralization/Decentralizationp. 141
Culture and Communicationsp. 142
Politicsp. 142
Leadershipp. 142
Changep. 143
Strategic Advice on the Dynamics of Political Supportp. 145
Referencesp. 153
Indexp. 155
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