Policy Analysis and Decision Making

Course Description: 

This course provides students with a practical orientation and a “hands-on” approach to public policy analysis.  The role of the policy analyst is explained in the context of the Indonesian public policy process and its institutional framework.  Recognizing the need for students to develop specific work skills as they enter the public and not-for-profit sectors, attention is particularly focused upon the actual techniques required to perform policy analysis.  Different policy areas are utilized to demonstrate the application of these techniques and afford the student experiences performing policy analysis.

Topics to be covered in the course include:

1.   The Process of Policy Analysis

2.   Policy Analysis in the Policy-Making Process

3.   Structuring Policy Problems

4.   Forecasting Expected Policy Outcomes

5.   Benefit Cost Analysis

6.   Cost Effectiveness Analysis

7.   Linking Policy Analysis to Cost Analysis and Activity Based Costing

8.   Fundamentals of Cost Analysis

9.   Using Cost Analysis for Government/Not-for-Profit Decisions

10. Activity-based Costing and Information Systems

11. Recommending Preferred Policies

12. Monitoring Observed Policy Outcomes

13. Evaluating Policy Performance

14. Developing Policy Arguments

15. Communicating Policy Analysis




Eugene Bardach, 2005. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving,  (2005) 2nd Edition, CQ Press, Washington D.C. ISBN: 1-56802-923-3

Gregory Michel, R. 2004. Cost Analysis and Activity-Based Costing for Government, (2004).  GFOA Budgeting Series Volume 6, Government Finance Officers Association, Chicago, Il. Washington, D.C. ISBN 0-89125-268-1

William N. Dunn, 2004. Public Policy Analysis: An Introduction, Third Edition (Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey ISBN 0-13-097639-3.




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