Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to Course
a. Course Structure
i. Designed to enable students to address own interests
relating knowledge to impact/action; e.g.:
1. Research knowledge embedded in policy making
(how law making instituti
Lecture 5 Notes: Innovation and Public Health
a. Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a
BigDifference (Boston: Back Bay Books, 2000), ch.2.
i. Main Idea: success of the spread of social phenomena is
dependent on a few people wit
Lecture 4 Notes: New Urbanism
a. City sorted into self-contained uses
b. Housing as primary and suburban
c. Plan as static and complete
d. Planning as paternalistic
ii. Le Corbusier
1. Critique of city: growing in most uninteresting,
Lecture 2 Notes: Data Sources
Overview of Readings
a. Mehta, Jal. The Causes and Consequences of Policy Paradigm
Shift: American Education Policy, 1980-2001,
b. Five Questions:
i. Why did education rise on public policy agenda?
ii. Why did iss
Lecture 7 Notes: Dramatic Changes
dramatic change might
have introduced new
problems of isolation,
1. William Julius Wilson: concentrated
poverty causes social norms to
break down, and
Lecture 3 Notes: Modern Utopian Designers
a. Fishman, Robert.
i. Focus on three designers:
1. Ebenezer Howard
2. Frank Lloyd Wright
3. Le Corbusier
ii. Why were societies ready for the utopian visions?
1. Fear/revulsion of nineteenth century metropoli
Lecture 10 Notes: Informal Channels
1. Guest Speaker:
a. Where is the intersection between research and policy
b. Why does it work so haphazardly?
i. I have done six empirical studies of different fields looking at
what research is available; what is pick
Lecture 9 Notes: Practice vs. Academia
1. Guest: Anne Spirn. The Granite Garden
a. Wanted to keep feet in both practice and academic worlds, book was
written with that in mind.
i. Met editor in 1979 who changed life; convinced to write for
a general audie
Lecture 8 Notes: Knowledge for Actions
a. Diffusion of innovation: innovations are practices, not theories.
b. Otherwise not much discussion about practice
c. Highlight: theories of practice
Knowledge for Action
a. Why is knowledge unl
Lecture 6 Notes: Moving to Communities
Guest Lecturer: Jeffrey Liebman
a. Background: Moving to Opportunity (MTO)
i. Dissertation on tax credits, Earned Income Tax Credit research
why people respond to some incentives and not others.
ii. Moving to