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A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving (5th Revised edition)

A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving (5th Revised edition)

By: Eugene S. Bardach (author), Eric M. Patashnik (author)Paperback

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Eugene Bardach and new 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.

About Author

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 some 500 projects. He is a broadly based political scientist with wide-ranging teaching and research interests. His focus is primarily on policy implementation and public management, and most recently on problems of facilitating better interorganizational collaboration in service delivery (e.g., in human services, environmental enforcement, fire prevention, and habitat preservation). He also maintains an interest in problems of homeland defense regulatory program design and execution, particularly in areas of health, safety, consumer protection, and equal opportunity. Bardach has developed novel teaching methods and materials at Berkeley, has directed and taught in residentially based training programs for higher-level public managers, and has worked for the Office of Policy Analysis at the US Department of Interior. 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. This book is based on his experience teaching students the principles of policy analysis and then helping them to execute their project work. Eric M. Patashnik teaches policy analysis at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia. He previously held faculty positions at Yale University and at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Patashnik is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and the editor (beginning 2016) of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. He received his Master's in Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Batten School from 2009-2012. Patashnik's research focuses on the politics of American national policymaking, especially health policy, the welfare state, and the role of Congress. He received the Jefferson Foundation Award for excellence in teaching at UVA. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Reform at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted which won the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration. Earlier in his career, Patashnik was a legislative analyst for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Elections.


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I THE EIGHTFOLD PATHStep One: Define the ProblemStep Two: Assemble Some EvidenceStep Three: Construct the AlternativesStep Four: Select the CriteriaStep Five: Project the OutcomesStep Six: Confront the Trade-OffsStep Seven: Stop, Focus, Narrow, Deepen, Decide!Step Eight: Tell Your StoryPART II ASSEMBLING EVIDENCEGetting StartedLocating Relevant SourcesGaining Access and Engaging AssistanceConducting a Policy Research InterviewUsing Language to Characterize and CalibrateProtecting CredibilityStrategic Dilemmas of Policy ResearchPART III HANDLING A DESIGN PROBLEMIt's a Production SystemCrosswalks to the Eightfold PathDefine the Problem-Focus on a Primary OutcomeConstruct the Alternatives-Configure the System's Organizational Structure and Its Operating ProcessesSelect the Criteria-Define the Objectives to Be AchievedProject the Outcomes-Test Whether It Will WorkConfront the Trade-Offs-Examine the System from Multiple PerspectivesDesign a Transition StrategyPART IV "SMART (BEST) PRACTICES" RESEARCH: UNDERSTANDING AND MAKING USE OF WHAT LOOK LIKE GOOD IDEAS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSEDevelop Realistic ExpectationsAnalyze Smart PracticesObserve the PracticeDescribe Generic VulnerabilitiesBut Will It Work Here?Back to the Eightfold PathAPPENDIX A SPECIMEN OF A REAL-WORLD POLICY ANALYSISPrefaceSummaryReducing Consumption: More Enforcement against Typical DealersReducing Consumption: More Enforcement against Higher-Level DealersReducing Cocaine-Related CrimeConclusionAppendix B THINGS GOVERNMENTS DOTaxesRegulationSubsidies and GrantsService ProvisionAgency BudgetsInformationThe Structure of Private RightsThe Framework of Economic ActivityEducation and ConsultationFinancing and ContractingBureaucratic and Political ReformsAPPENDIX C UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONSMissionEnvironmentPerformance MeasurementTechnologyProduction/Delivery ProcessesFrontline Workers and Co-ProducersPartners and Other OutsidersCentralization/DecentralizationCulture and CommunicationsPoliticsLeadershipChangeAPPENDIX D STRATEGIC ADVICE ON THE DYNAMICS OF GATHERING POLITICAL SUPPORTSequencingTimingAPPENDIX E TIPS FOR WORKING WITH CLIENTSReferencesIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781483359465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781483359465
  • ISBN10: 1483359468
  • edition: 5th Revised edition

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