The Eightfold Path and Health Policy Analysis
Impact of drug and substance abuse of the treatment of HIV/ AIDS
Apply some of the tools of policy analysis to the major project.
Using the Eightfold Path and Weiner’s companion guide, identify Impact of drug and substance abuse of
the treatment of HIV/ AIDS a health policy issue of interest and outline the step-by-step approach (i.e.,
Define the Problem, Assemble Some Evidence, Construct the Alternatives, etc.) by which you would seek
to analyze that issue. You may prepare your outline (eight pages in all) in bullet-point format, but must
support the elements of your outline in a brief narrative. (Please outline each element on its own page).
The outline need not be “final,” but should incorporate a few elements for each of the elements of the
Eightfold Path. Do not spend a great deal of time projecting the last two elements – Decide! and Tell
Your Story – but at least spell out processes for how you would address those elements. This outline will
form the basis of the longer policy analysis paper you will turn in at the end of the course (Module 7).
Your topic/ issue analyzed might change by then, but the importance of this assignment is to understand
and practice how to do a structured policy analysis following a well-established process. The outline will
continue to expand over the rest of this course.
Your outline should be approximately 8 pages, in APA Editorial Format with proper reference citations.
Unit 5 Outcomes
Policy Analysis Tools
Program Learning Outcomes
PLO 1. Promote community capacity, health, and well-being using results from analysis of health
problems, issues, strengths, and the needs of diverse populations.
Course Learning Outcomes
CLO 1. Categorize and analyze ways of analyzing health problems, issues, strengths, and needs of diverse
populations to help bring about community capacity, health, and well-being. (ties to PLO 1)
Module Learning Outcomes
MLO 2. Assess and articulate broad approaches and theories associated with public policy in the context
of healthcare policy. (ties to CLO 1)
MLO 3. Evaluate different ways of analyzing public policy in a healthcare context via application of these
models. (ties to CLO 1)
Part I (‘The Eightfold Path’) and Appendix B & C in Bardach (2014).
[eReserve (Links to an external site.)] Collins, T. (2005). Health policy analysis: A simple tool for
policymakers. Public Health, 119, 192-196.
[eReserve (Links to an external site.)] Coveney, J. (2010, July). Analyzing public health policy: Three
approaches. Health Promotion Practice, 11(4), 515-521.
[eReserve (Links to an external site.)] Kingdon, J. (2005). The reality of policy making. In L. Churchill,
Ethical dimensions of health policy (pp. 97-116). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
[eReserve (Links to an external site.)] Weiner, J. (2005). Health policy analysis checklist. Johns Hopkins
School of Public Health.
Dow, K. (2013). Kingdon’s three streams.
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