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Final Paper Due June 19 Read Bardach Bardach, Eugene. (2009) A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis 3e. Washington D.C.: CQ Press You will write a policy analysis of a public policy issue of your choice. The parts below should be included in the paper. You can also use the Bardach book as a guide in conducting your research and analysis. Papers will be 8-10 pages, typed, double-spaced and follow APA guidelines. While researching the policy issues, students should conduct at least 2 interviews with persons involved in formulating or implementing the policy. The interviews can be by email, phone or in-person. The briefing should include the following parts: (1) Executive Summary- 1-2 pages at the beginning of the paper that summarizes the argument made. While it goes 1st, it should be written last and does not count toward total pages. (2) Background/Facts/Problem Definition- provides detailed information about the problem or issue to familiarize reader with the subject matter in a broad sense. (3) Issues/analysis- examines the problem/issue in detail. Examines the assumptions, references research and current thought and analyzes the issue from the perspective of the organization considering the matter. (4) Alternatives/courses of action- description of possible courses of action, including do nothing. Implications of each option should also be included. (5) Recommendation for action-recommend a course of action based on professional judgment that is supported by the research and analysis provided. Make sure to again include the implications of taking the recommended course of action. (6) Bibliography—citations from works studied. Books: Bardach, Eugene. (2009) A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis 3e. Washington D.C.: CQ Press Gerston, Larry N. (2010) Public Policymaking: Process and Principles 3e. Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe. Kingdon, John W. (1999) America the Unusual. New York: Worth Publis
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