Explores the environment of the policy analyst, including an examination of the frames of reference that both guide and constrain work in the field. Students will be introduced to policy analytical paradigms, examine historical themes in the policy literature, and use the major tools used in policy analysis and program evaluation, including benefit-cost analysis, factor analysis and time series analysis. The advantages and disadvantages of these tools will be critically examined. Case studies will be used extensively as examples and source material for theory building.
Units: 4 , Offered: Spring 2016