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A practical guide for policy analysis : the eightfold path to more effective problem solving

Author: Eugene Bardach
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Presenting dozens of tips, interesting case studies, and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional, this title includes explanation of evidence and  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eugene Bardach
ISBN: 9780872899520 0872899527
OCLC Number: 245022922
Description: xx, 162 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
The eightfold path --
Overview of the book --
pt. 1. The eightfold path --
Step One : Define the problem --
Step two : Assemble some evidence --
Step three : Construct the alternatives --
Step four : Select the criteria --
Step five : Project the outcomes --
Step six : Confront the trade-offs --
Step seven : Decide! --
Step eight : Tell your story --
pt. 2. 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 --
pt. 3. "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. Appendix A : Specimen of a real-world policy analysis --
Preface --
Summary --
Appendix B : 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 --
Appendix C : 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 --
Appendix D : Strategic advice on the dynamics of political support --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Eugene Bardach.
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