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

Author: Eugene Bardach; Eric M Patashnik
Publisher: Thousand Oaks : CQ Press : London ; New Delhi ; Singapore : Sage, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eugene Bardach; Eric M Patashnik
ISBN: 9781506368887 1506368883
OCLC Number: 1130853580
Description: XX, 190 str. : ilustr. ; 23 cm.
Contents: PREFACEACKNOWLEDGMENTSABOUT THE AUTHORSINTRODUCTIONPART I 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: STOP, FOCUS, NARROW, DEEPEN, DECIDE! STEP EIGHT: TELL YOUR STORYPART II 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 RESEARCHPART III HANDLING A DESIGN PROBLEM IT'S A PRODUCTION SYSTEM CROSSWALKS FROM THE EIGHTFOLD PATH TO "SYSTEMS OF ACTION" DEFINE THE PROBLEM ? FOCUS ON A PRIMARY OUTCOME CONSTRUCT THE ALTERNATIVES ? CONFIGURE THE SYSTEM'S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND ITS OPERATING PROCESSES SELECT THE CRITERIA ? DEFINE THE OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVED PROJECT THE OUTCOMES ? TEST WHETHER IT WILL WORK CONFRONT THE TRADE-OFFS ? EXAMINE THE SYSTEM FROM MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES DESIGN A TRANSITION STRATEGYPART IV "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 PATHAPPENDIX A THINGS GOVERNMENTS DO I. TAXES II. REGULATION III. SUBSIDIES AND GRANTS IV. SERVICE PROVISION V. AGENCY BUDGETS VI. INFORMATION VII. THE STRUCTURE OF PRIVATE RIGHTS VIII. THE FRAMEWORK OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IX. EDUCATION AND CONSULTATION X. FINANCING AND CONTRACTING XI. BUREAUCRATIC AND POLITICAL REFORMSAPPENDIX B UNDERSTANDING PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS MISSION ENVIRONMENT PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTION/DELIVERY PROCESSES FRONTLINE WORKERS AND CO-PRODUCERS PARTNERS AND OTHER OUTSIDERS CENTRALIZATION/DECENTRALIZATION CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS POLITICS LEADERSHIP CHANGEAPPENDIX C STRATEGIC ADVICE ON THE DYNAMICS OF GATHERING POLITICAL SUPPORT SEQUENCING TIMINGAPPENDIX D TIPS FOR WORKING WITH CLIENTSAPPENDIX E SUGGESTIONS FOR INCORPORATING "BIG DATA" AND RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE INTO POLICY ANALYSIS WHERE TO BEGIN KNOW YOUR DATA USE ADMINISTRATIVE DATA AND EXPERIMENTS TO INFORM PROBLEM DEFINITION EXPAND YOUR OPTION SET AND SEE CONSTRAINTS AS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES USE DATA VISUALIZATION TO TELL YOUR STORYREFERENCESINDEX
Responsibility: Eugene Bardach, Eric M. Patashnik.

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