"Handbook of Public Policy Evaluation is the only book of its kind to present aspects of public policy evaluation that relate to economic, technology, social, political, international, and legal problems. Rather than looking at specific narrowly focused programs, this book emphasizes broad-based evaluation theory, study, and application, providing a rich variety of exceptional insights and ideas."
"Second Edition of a standard reference examines all major areas in public administration from the unique & enlightening perspectives of history & the five "great" concepts or theories framing the specific topic, such as public budgeting, financial management, decision making, public law & regulation, & political economy."
" What do the Twenty-Dollar Bill Test and the Grandma Bessie Test have in common? Both are excellent, easily implemented strategies for producing high quality policy analysis. In his gem of a reference book, Eugene Bardach presents dozens of concrete tips, interesting case studies, and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional. Readers learn how to:
* Define policy problems with clarity and accuracy.
* Economize on data collection.
* Gain access to and credibility in the field.
* Think creatively about policy alternatives.
* Apply and weigh evaluative criteria.
* Realistically estimate outcomes.
* Make cogent and persuasive recommendations to clients.
This edition s appendices include a sample document of real world policy analysis, a primer in how to talk the talk of policy analysis, and a cheat sheet of strategies for solving a host of policy problems. Used in the Berkeley policy program for more than twenty years, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis has also become part of many a practitioner s permanent library."
"This collection of 46 key classic and contemporary readings explores the environment within which public policy is made and the actual policy-making process. KEY TOPICS: This book includes readings that are among the most frequently cited or that highlight the link between theory and practice particularly well. It groups readings into four major sections which parallel both the majority of policy texts and the way many courses are designed: the nature of public policy — including theories and models of public policy making, the making of policy — the sequential stages that policies pass through, the players — both institutional and non-institutional, policy making as a game — the rules, strategies, and culture of the policy game. Each section begins with an overview essay."