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1 Public Affairs 513: Policy Analysis "Using logic and evidence to inform policy or management decisions." Marieka Klawitter

2 Time Outcomes Activities, Policies, and Programs Before During After What should we do?:  Policy Analysis  Benefit-cost analysis  Cost-Effectiveness  Needsassessment What was the impact?:  Outcome evaluation  Performance Measurement What are we doing? How does it work?:  Process Evaluation

3 Policy Analysis can use the logic of the logic model: From: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

4 Policy Analysis can use the logic of the logic model: From: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

5 Policy Analysis Redux

6 Logical Thinking!

7 Policy Analysis Redux Data and Quantitative methods

8 Policy Analysis Redux Search for information

9 Policy Analysis Redux Careful Narrative!

10 Policy Analysis Redux Creativity!

11 Policy Analysis Redux Caring and Justice!

12 Matrix is the key summary tool Policy options Criteria Predictions Student examples: Professional Examples:

13 My philosophy of doing Policy Analysis: Strive for objectivity and full information It’s not a sales pitch for "your" policy But know your role (a la Weimer and Vining) –Objective technician –Client’s advocate –Issue advocate Do the best analysis with what you can get Use the best info you can find Take responsibility for getting the best info Be cognizant of when more time or analysis is critical to the analysis

14 Context is everything Who is your client? What values and powers do they have? Understand institutional and organizational context of the issue History, politics, laws, administrative culture matter What’s in place now, what’s been tried already? (implemented or proposed)

15 Take responsibility for presenting a clear and concise product Process is different than product-- Policy analysis is a messy process Use nonlinear thinking, linear writing

16 The Trouble with Greenlake: What is the problem at Green Lake? What types of strategies should the city consider for dealing with this issue? What criteria should the city consider in choosing a response to this issue (outcomes, resources required)? Create a matrix with Strategies and criteria and fill in your best guesses about how each strategy would rate on each criterion.

17 History of Greenlake:


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