William M. Zumeta
PB AF 513
Production and use of analysis to support public policy decisions. Defining problems, devising alternative solutions, clarifying stakes in choices, predicting impacts of choices. Skills developed by working on specific policy problems. Assumes familiarity with statistics, microeconomic theory, and institutions and processes of American government. Prerequisite: PB AF 516 or permission of instructor.
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Student learning goals
Context of public policy analysis
Will learn and apply an approach to problem diagnosis and problem framing
Policy option development
Systematically analyze options against decision criteria
Assess political and implementation feasibility
General method of instruction
Mix of lecture on methods, discussion of cases that apply methods, intensive student work on a selected public policy problem.
Microeconomics, some background in study of politics and organizational behavior, multivariate statistics
Class assignments and grading
Readings on context and methods, case analyses in class and individually in writing, small group policy analysis project with oral and written reports.
Quality of work on the above assignments and class preparation.