A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving 4E / Edition 4

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With his original eightfold approach, Bardach encapsulates more than 35 years of teaching students effective, accurate, and persuasive policy analysis. 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.

In this new edition, Bardach clarifies some of the book's exposition, paying particular attention to "design problems" and the choice of a "base case." Up-to-date examples, including a new set of environmental problems, make the book even more engaging.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608718429
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 53,030
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

Part I The Eightfold Path 1

Step One Define the Problem 1

Step Two Assemble Some Evidence 11

Step Three Construct the Alternatives 16

Step Four Select the Criteria 31

Step Five Project the Outcomes 47

Step Six Confront the Trade-Offs 63

Step Seven Decide! 69

Step Eight Tell Your Story 70

Part II Assembling Evidence 79

Getting Started 80

Locating Relevant Sources 82

Gaining Access and Engaging Assistance 89

Conducting a Policy Research Interview 94

Using Language to Characterize and Calibrate 103

Protecting Credibility 104

Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Research 106

Part III "Smart (Best) Practices" Research: Understanding and Making Use of What Look Like Good Ideas From Somewhere Else 109

Develop Realistic Expectations 109

Analyze Smart Practices 110

Observe the Practice 115

Describe Generic Vulnerabilities 119

But Will It Work Here? 120

Back to the Eightfold Path 123

Appendix A Specimen of a Real-World Policy Analysis 125

Preface 125

Summary 126

Appendix B Things Governments Do 141

Taxes 141

Regulation 142

Subsidies and Grants 143

Service Provision 144

Agency Budgets 145

Information 145

The Structure of Private Rights 146

The Framework of Economic Activity 147

Education and Consultation 148

Financing and Contracting 148

Bureaucratic And Political Reforms 149

Appendix C Understanding Public and Nonprofit Institutions: Asking the Right Questions 151

Mission 151

Environment 151

Performance Measurement 152

Technology 153

Production/Delivery Processes 154

Front-Line Workers and Co-Producers 155

Partners and Other Outsiders 155

Centralization/Decentralization 156

Culture and Communications 156

Politics 156

Leadership 156

Change 157

Appendix D Strategic Advice on the Dynamics of Gathering Political Support 159

References 167

Index 171

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