Table of contents for A practical guide for policy analysis : the eightfold path to more effective problem solving / Eugene Bardach.

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Policy Analysis: More Art than Science
The Eightfold Path
	The Problem-solving Process
	Your Final Product
	The Spirit of the Eightfold Path
Overview of the Book
Part I
The Eightfold Path
Step One: Define the Problem 
Think of Deficit and Excess
Make the Definition Evaluative
Quantify If Possible
Diagnose Conditions That Cause Problems
Identify Latent Opportunities
Avoid Common Pitfalls in Problem Definition
Step Two: Assemble Some Evidence
Think Before You Collect
Review the Available Literature
Survey "Best Practice"
Use Analogies
Start Early
Touch Base, Gain Credibility, Broker Consensus
Free the Captive Mind
Step Three: Construct the Alternatives
Start Comprehensive, End Up Focused
Model the System in which the Problem Is Located
Conceptualize and Simplify the List of Alternatives
Design Policy Alternatives
Beware a Linguistic Pitfall
Step Four: Select the Criteria
Commonly Used Evaluative Criteria
Weighting Conflicting Evaluative Criteria
Commonly Used Practical Criteria
Useful Criteria in Optimization Models
Step Five: Project the Outcomes
Extend the Logic of Projection
Magnitude Estimates
Break-Even Estimates
Try Sensitivity Analysis
Confront the Optimism Problem
Construct an Outcomes Matrix
Step Six: Confront the Trade-offs
Establish Commensurability
Focus on Outcomes
Simplify the Comparison Process
Step Seven: Decide!
Apply the Twenty-Dollar-Bill Test
Step Eight: Tell Your Story
Apply the Grandma Bessie Test
Gauge Your Audience(s)
Consider What Medium to Use
Give Your Story a Logical Narrative Flow
Some Common Pitfalls
Structure Your Report
Using a Memo Format
Develop a Press Release
Part II(
Assembling Evidence
Getting Started
Locating Relevant Sources
Consulting Both Documents and People
Seeking Secondhand Information
Finding Multiple Sources of Firsthand Information
Searching for Sources and Searching for Knowledge
Gaining Access and Engaging Assistance
Getting an Appointment
Cultivating Access
Exhausting Access
Conducting a Policy Research Interview
Energizing and Steering the Conversation
Leveraging the Defensive Informant
Using Language to Characterize and Calibrate
Protecting Credibility
Defending against Politically Inspired Criticism
Preparing for Premature Exposure
Strategic Dilemmas of Policy Research
Part III
"Smart (Best) Practices" Research: Understanding and Making Use of What Look like Good Ideas from Somewhere Else
Develop Realistic Expectations
Analyze "Smart Practices"
Finding the Free Lunches
Breaking Loose from Conventions and Assumptions
Observe the "Practice"
Characterizing the Features of a Smart Practice
Distinguishing Functions and Features
Allowing for Variation and Complexity
Describe Generic Vulnerabilities
But Will It Work Here?
Assessing the Target Context
Evaluating the Source Contexts
Back to the Eightfold Path
Appendix A
Specimen of a Real-World Policy Analysis
Preface and Summary from: Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences: Throwing Away the Key or the Taxpayers' Money?
Reducing Consumption: More Enforcement against Typical Dealers
Reducing Consumption: More Enforcement against Higher-Level Dealers
Reducing Cocaine-Related Crime
Appendix B
Things Governments Do
I. Taxes
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
II. Regulation
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
III. Subsidies and Grants
A What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
IV. Service Provision
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
V. Agency Budgets
A. What You Might Do
 B. Why You Might Do It
VI. Information
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
VII. The Structure of Private Rights
A. What You Might Modify or Create
B. Why You Might Do It
VIII. The Framework of Economic Activity
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
IX. Education and Consultation
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
X. Financing and Contracting
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
XI. Bureaucratic and Political Reforms
A. What You Might Do
B. Why You Might Do It
Appendix C
Semantic Tips: A Summary
Defining the Problem
Assembling the Evidence
Constructing the Alternatives
Selecting the Criteria
Projecting the Outcomes
Confronting the Trade-offs
Doing Smart Practices Research

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Policy sciences.
Decision making.
Problem solving.