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

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ISBN-10: 0872899527

ISBN-13: 9780872899520

Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Eugene Bardach

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Just when you thought a great book couldn&BAD:rsquo;t get any better, Eugene Bardach improves his &BAD:ldquo;gem&BAD:rdquo; 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:rsquo;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:mdash;how to avoid linguistic pitfalls, confusing &BAD:ldquo;alternatives&BAD:rdquo; and &BAD:ldquo;criteria,&BAD:rdquo; 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:ldquo;talk the talk&BAD:rdquo; of policy analysis, and a cheat sheet of strategies for solving a host of policy problems.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Eugene Bardach has been teaching graduate-level policy analysis workshop classes since 1973 at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, in which time he has coached over 400 projects. This book is based on his experience teaching students the principles of policy analysis and then helping them to execute their project work. He is the recipient of the 1998 Donald T. Campbell award of the Policy Studies Organization for creative contribution to the methodology of policy analysis.

Preface
Introduction
The Eightfold Path
Overview of the Book
The Eightfold Path
Define the Problem
Assemble Some Evidence
Construct the Alternatives
Select the Criteria
Project the Outcomes
Confront the Trade-offs
Decide!
Tell Your Story
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
"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
Specimen of A Real-World Policy Analysis
Preface
Summary
Things Governments Do
Taxes
Regulation
Subsidies and Grants
Service Provision
Agency Budgets
Information
The Structure of Private Rights
The Framework of Economic Activity
Education and Consultation
Financing and Contracting
Bureaucratic and Political Reforms
Understanding Public and Nonprofit Institutions: Asking the Right Questions
Mission
Environment
Performance Measurement
Technology
Production/Delivery Processes
Front-line Workers and Co-Producers
Partners and Other Outsiders
Centralization/Decentralization
Culture and Communications
Politics
Leadership
Change
Strategic Advice on the Dynamics of Political Support
References
Index