20090907-Policy_Framework - The Policy Analysis Process...

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Unformatted text preview: The Policy Analysis Process Goals of Policy Analysis Reducing uncertainty and providing information for decision makers in the public arena As systematic evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility and political viability of alternative policies, strategies for implementation, and consequences for policy adoption Approach to problems that is logical, structured, valid, and replicable Generation of feasible courses of action A search for information and evidence of benefits and other consequences of courses of action In order to help policy makers choose the most advantageous policy action Policy Analysis Process Evaluating Alternative Policies or Programs Evaluating Alternative Policies or Programs Ex-Ante (rational model) Ex-Post (program evaluation) Policy Analysis Process Ex-ante evaluation projecting future states with and without policy or program Evaluating Alternative Policies or Programs Ex-post evaluation Did policy or program achieve its objective? Was policy or program efficient, equitable, and politically acceptable? Evaluating Alternative Policies or Programs Policy Analysis Framework Using the Scientific Method in Social Science will involve a RESEARCH PLAN From Inspiration to Legislation Research is more an art than a science. Discovering the important facts, sorting out superfluous information, and assembling the best sources requires knowledge, creativity, and a bit of luck. Although its impossible to create a simple how-to list to the steps to faultless policy research, certain core principles guide the most effective legislative research. Black, p. 14 RESEARCH PLAN Problem definition motivation for the analysis defining the policy problem defining the analysts problem RESEARCH PLAN Background research legislative history political environment previous policy efforts other relevant information RESEARCH PLAN Research design specification of research objectives outline of informational needs specifications of methods to be used RESEARCH PLAN Research implementation data collection data tabulation results presentation analysis of results Conclusions and recommendations Step 1: Problem Definition From Inspiration to Legislation Often ideas for legislation begin with a legislators general sense that a problem exist though he or she doesnt have much background information that points to a solution....
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