Basic Policy Studies Skills

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William D. Coplin, Michael Kent O'Leary
Policy Studies Associates, 1981 - Decision-making - 170 pages
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This publication will help high school and college students develop policy analysis skills and techniques and apply these to important public issues. A public policy issue is defined as a disagreement between two or more elements of a society over the way that the society's government deals with a given situation. There are six chapters. Chapter one deals with the basic concepts necessary to analyze public policy issues. Discussed are organizing information and values on public policy issues and types of public policy analysis including monitoring, forecasting, evaluation, and prescription. Chapters two and three discuss the acquisition of information necessary for the analysis. Chapter two explores the use of many different data sources valuable in acquiring information including dictionaries and encyclopedias, journal articles, almanacs, newspapers, government documents, and microforms. Chapter three deals with surveys and interviews. Chapter four explores the application of descriptive statistics in the analysis of public policy issues. Chapter five concerns benefit-cost analysis of proposed public policy issues and the use of scientific and quasi-scientific research designs in the analysis of public policy. The concluding chapter discusses the Prince Political Accounting System which is a technique for assessing the impact of various individuals, groups, and organizations on public policy decisions. (RM)

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Organizing Values on Public Policy Issues

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Coplin is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Public Affairs Program of the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.

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