Public policy matters because it affects people’s lives. Public policy is defined as those things government chooses to do or not to do for the benefit of society.  Public policy addresses questions on “who gets what, when and how.” Policy is understood as the link between systems and leadership. Effective participation in the policy development process requires understanding the basic concepts relative to the policy making process. Students develop the ability to find resources in the policy making process (including stakeholder analysis); the ability to recognize the implications of environmental factors such as making policy in a developing country; the ability to use monitoring and evaluation to improve policy.

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