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1 My home phone number is (703) 827-9048. Most Fridays, I can be reached at (202) 261-5589 (my direct line at the Urban Institute, where I am an Affiliated Scholar). Students are welcome to make an appointment to see me during my office hours, which are Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. (except on seminar days). 2 In the interest of truth in advertising, some classes will run long. Therefore, it’s best to avoid scheduling anything until after 1 p.m. 3 Teaching assistants’ office hours are as follows: Amy-Lynn will be available to meet with students on Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., or by appointment; Jessie will be available on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or by appointment; and Drew will be available on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. .-4:00 p.m., or by appointment. The TA office is IPS Room 540B or 540C. Please be respectful of your peers and the TAs and sign up for only one TA appointment during designated office hours. I strongly encourage you to consult with the TAs! 1 195.609 Policy Analysis for the Real World 210 Hodson Professor S. J. Newman (sjn@jhu.edu ; 410-516-4614) 1 Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2 TAs 3 Amy-Lynn Matthews (amylynn.matthews@gmail.com; 972-639-7980) Jessie O’Hara ( johara07@gmail.com; 908-304-5705) Drew Zachary (dazachary@gmail.com; 215-514-7953 ) Fall, 2011 Introduction This course introduces you to the elements of policy analysis. I intentionally offer this course in the first semester before you have developed quantitative skills. This keeps us focused on two key goals: developing the ability to think analytically and communicate in a cogent, uncluttered and precise manner. Because a good way to learn policy analysis is by doing policy analysis, I have organized the course around six policy projects in social policy and urban policy. Thus, another course goal is to improve your understanding of some of the major debates in these fields today. The six projects vary in topic, complexity, length, and turnaround time. Also simulating the real environment of policy analysis, you will be working on more than one topic at a time. Each project emphasizes a particular aspect of policy analysis; for example, identifying the underlying policy issue; examining the evidence; and assessing policy impacts. Some projects will be done individually; others in teams. One team project will take the form of a debate; another will be a termlong project that will culminate in a formal presentation to policy leaders in Baltimore on Tuesday, December 13th. In the first quarter of the course, we will discuss what policy analysis is, its typical applications, how to think like a policy analyst, and a generic framework for conducting a policy analysis. The course includes two team assignments so that you will develop essential skills of how to work in groups, how to approach a problem and resolve it while dealing with different points of view, how to negotiate, how to listen, and how to be flexible. To fortify these lessons, the course includes one teamwork workshop, scheduled shortly after you begin your termlong team assignment. As the semester progresses, the course will increasingly emphasize effective progress report briefings, oral presentations, and pulling the termlong
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