This practical guide for doing policy analysis is written for academics who want to get their research to the attention of decision-makers in the public sector, or who want to train their students in the skills necessary to undertake policy-relevant research. Readers will learn: how to prepare an unbiased description of a problem to be studied;. the various diagnostic techniques;. the rules for designing policy prescriptions;. how to use formal forecasting models;. how to reach consensus over fiscal and benefits analysis; how to do costs and benefits analysis strategies for the effective communication of policy analysis.

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Public decision makers need expert advice. For their part, experts desire, in the words of the late Aaron Wildavsky, “to speak truth to power” (Wildavsky, 1979). Despite a mutual interest in communication, commerce in policy ideas and information between academic experts and decision makers is meager. ...

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