Course_Overview - PAM 230 Introduction to Policy Analysis Course Overview Spring 2008 Jennifer Gerner Course Objectives The primary objective of

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PAM 230: Introduction to Policy Analysis Course Overview Spring 2008 Jennifer Gerner Course Objectives: The primary objective of this course is to help you understand how and why it is that various policy actors and policy analysts can look at the same information yet arrive at quite different conclusions about what the policy problem is, what (and even whether) policies should be enacted, and what the details of policy recommendations should be. To do this students need an introduction to a variety of skills that will be important to understanding effective policy analysis. These skills include: a. Effective use of research resources including library and internet resources. b. Critical evaluation of multiple and conflicting arguments. c. Use of data and evidence to support particular arguments. d. Use of analytical tools such as statistics, cost-benefit analysis, and risk analysis, to examine data and evidence. e. Writing skills. f. Presentation skills. g. Ability to work in teams. Note that this is an introduction. Many courses in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management offer more in-depth treatment of these skills. Students are not expected to
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This note was uploaded on 07/13/2008 for the course PAM 2300 taught by Professor Avery,r. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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