This rigorous but very accessible guide to the main concepts and techniques of policy analysis is intended for students and in-service professionals who want to become more efficient and effective in their work. The book equips readers with a structured and disciplined step-by-step approach to decision making, defining issues and applying the powerful techniques of policy analysis - always in the context of uncertainty and limited discretion. Each chapter concludes with notes and a list of supplementary sources for further reading.
1. The Scientific Method, Social Science, and Policy Analysis; 2. Defining the Problem; 3. Generating Potential Courses of Action; 4. Cost-Benefit Analysis; 5. Multi-Attribute Analysis; 6. Articulating the Recommendation; 7. Implementation and Beyond