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William M. Zumeta
PB AF 513
Seattle Campus

Public Policy Analysis

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.

Class description

See the official description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Course Syllabus
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 11/17/2008