Course: URBS 650. Policy Analysis and Implementation (3)
Public policy analysis and implementation is an important element within the larger process of public policy making. It is a growing field in academic research and a growing professional field in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The course provides an introduction to the fundamental theories, concepts, terms, and methodologies associated with public policy analysis and program implementation. Students will systematically walk through the basic steps of the policy analysis process, from the identification and definition of a problem, to the analysis of alternative policies for addressing the problem, the selection of evaluation criteria, and the selection of a particular policy option. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the development of a plan for implementation.