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“A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis remains the most accessible and practical guide for those learning the craft of policy analysis. It offers convincing reasoning for and a clear roadmap of the required steps to conduct policy analysis, provides a terrific list of useful resources and helpful hints, and offers very practical illustrations and examples.
“I have used Bardach’s A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis in several editions over many years to instruct masters in public policy students in the skills and insights required of an effective policy practitioner. I like the book for its conciseness, its concreteness, its practicality and its accessibility. It provides a nice framework and set of concepts that can be developed and applied in case studies to structure an effective policy analysis course. I welcome the new edition, which clarifies and updates the material and adds a helpful new section on policy de
"A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis is the essential text to introduce health policy students to the practice of policy analysis. The authors offer a persuasive argument for why defining the problem is the fundamental yet challenging first step of policy analysis; this lesson is critical for health policy, where issue rhetoric abounds. The book offers a step-by-step methodology that appeals to students’ need for structure, while reminding readers that the process of policy analysis—and politics—is inherently complex and non-linear.
"Bardach and Patashnik’s Practical Guide has become a genuine classic of policy analysis because it offers a versatile framework for confronting policy issues of all types, from persistent, long-standing problems to new, emergent challenges. Like every classic work, it contains different layers of insight for different readers. Junior analysts can use the 8 basic elements as a primer. Intermediate analysts can add the design principles. Experienced analysts can deepen their practice by applying the 8-fold path to more and more complex problems.
Really like Dr. Bardach's work! This book is used in my graduate capstone course to show corresponding tasks of the analysts and academic researcher in graduate public administration courses.
I wrote a review of a previous edition of the textbook. If you would like to publish an excerpt and LSE Review of Books has no objection, I would also be fine with you using text from this review: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/09/11/book-review-a-practic...
Only one chapter was relevant for an assignment.