This course provides an overview of the process of policy analysis coupled with a series of related exercises. It covers the major stages of policy analysis, including specifying the policy or programmatic problem (including collecting and assessing data), identifying possible courses of action, designing programs, determining a suitable methodology to evaluate a program, monitoring the implementation of a program, and evaluating and redesigning the program. Emphasis is placed on the main tools of policy analysis, i.e., problem identification and prioritization; data collection, assessment, and analysis; program evaluation (including cost-effectiveness and benefit-cost studies); performance measurement; and research synthesis. The student exercises are designed to reinforce learning and hone practice skills.

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