Policy Options Analysis

Policy Options Analysis is a structured way to invent, evaluate, and choose alternative courses of action. It involves looking into the future to predict what will happen as a result of different actions we might take and then recommending actions that will lead to the best outcomes. Policy Options Analysis can help you in three ways. It can increase your chances of choosing, or shaping, policies that will really work without costing too much; build a community of practitioners and stakeholders, of friends and advisors, who as a groups will be able to formulate better policy; and package your policy preferences in a way that will win more support – and perhaps feel more justified in asking people to accept difficult changes. This module presents policy analysis as a process with seven steps, which offer a conceptual guide to the policy guide analysis process. Lecture by Dr. Lauren Wollman.

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