Policy Analysis (for the ’11)

January 27, 2011

It may not look like spring, but it’s that time of year again – last week was the first for my PAPA 6224: Policy Design, CPAP’s introductory policy analysis course, which I’m teaching this year for the sixth(!) time. Here’s the syllabus if you’re interested. And, if that’s not enough, a copy of the first week’s slides. Fun!

The course is about using evidence to inform policy-making and administration. The syllabus is eclectic, drawing from a variety of analytic and interpretive approaches. We use the standard text in the field, David Weimer and Aidan Vining’s Policy Analysis: Concepts and Approaches, but also cover a variety of empirical and normative critiques of economic theory, including cognitive and behavioral models of decision and contemporary research on policy narratives. During the first week’s class, we look back at the development and antecedents of policy analysis. Invariably, the Hull House Maps evoke a response – not least, I think, because their cool to look at. An example below – and here’s a description of the history behind these (I think beautiful) visualizations.



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  1. […] Alexandria’s quality of life indicators initiative. Students in my policy analysis class (PAPA 6224) this semester are supporting the Partnership’s effort to engage community members in the […]

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