An Operational Approach to Policy Analysis: The Craft: by Iris Geva-May

By Iris Geva-May

The objective of An Operational method of coverage research: The Craft is to chop during the ambiguity and contradictions inherent in coverage research via an operational-prescriptive process. Its major target is to encapsulate the fundamental recommendations, tools and instruments of coverage research and to supply an perception into elements appearing inside and round the coverage research technique. according to the collaborative learn of Iris Geva-May and Aaron Wildavsky, the 1st complete draft of An Operational method of coverage research: The Craft used to be accomplished earlier than Dr Wildavsky's premature loss of life. due to the fact that point, Dr Geva-May has labored to completely revise and replace the manuscript.
An Operational method of coverage research: The Craft can be utilized by way of researchers in political technological know-how, or as a textbook for any path in coverage research, coverage making plans and overview. it is going to function a invaluable resource for college students of political technological know-how, public coverage, management and administration, in addition to for coverage analysts, researchers and managers in either the USA and abroad.

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119 First, ask experts who are familiar with the problem to help you identify important policy variables. The danger of this approach is that you might get stale, status quo variables with which to build your policy alternatives. 120 121 122 123 Second, search for historical analogies. oganizations addressing similar problems. 126 This last strategy calls for both creativity and initiative -- creativity because you have to imagine the usefulness of experiences that might not be precisely germane to the problem you are addressing and initiative because you have to seek out others who may not have been in the same field as you.

20 CHAPTER ONE: PROBLEM DEFINITION IN POLICY ANALYSIS IDENTIFYING POLICY GOALS Be explicit about the goals relevant to your analysis. 110111 While it is impossible to enumerate all the policy goals you should consider -their identification is largely dependent on the context of the policy problem you are addressing -- the analyst is advised to search them out and assume their relevance to the problem from the outset. The range of goals relevant to a particular policy issue often can be gleaned from the way interested groups frame a problem and the alternatives they propose to solve it.

2 CHAPTER ONE: PROBLEM DEFINITION IN POLICY ANALYSIS possible solutions, determine the final choice of alternatives and drive the ultimate policy options. 6 7 8 One might mistakenly suggest that problem definition is a short and uncomplicated phase requiring a mere statement of the problem. Policy analysts would testify differently. Beyond data gathering and synthesis, problem defmition requires an innovative, creative mind and highly sophisticated skills. The difficulty lies in "creating,,9 the problem rather than in describing it.

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