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).
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.
Teaching assistants’ office hours are as follows: Amy-Lynn will be available to meet with students on
from 9:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., or by appointment; Jessie will be available on Wednesdays
a.m.-12:30 p.m., or by appointment; and Drew will be available on Wednesdays
from 12:30 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!
Policy Analysis for the Real World
Professor S. J. Newman (firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Amy-Lynn Matthews (email@example.com; 972-639-7980)
Jessie O’Hara (
Drew Zachary (firstname.lastname@example.org; 215-514-7953
This course introduces you to the elements of policy analysis.
I intentionally offer this course
in the first semester
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
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.
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