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Policy Planning and Program Development I

This is the first in a two-semester course sequence and is taught as a practicum. Students work in teams providing professional services to public and non-profit agencies. The course focuses on the acquisition and application of techniques for policy planning, program development, and policy evaluation of both a technical and political nature. Depending on the year taught, students use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. The course begins with an examination of the substantive topic to be addressed, which varies year to year depending on the arrangement made with the partnering organization and develops various models of planning, program development and evaluation. Through participation in carefully selected consulting projects, the course covers techniques of problem definition; goal setting; evaluating an selecting programmatic options; predicting social economic and fiscal impacts; designing and testing pilot programs; implementation planning; and developing models and methods for public participation and constituency development. Ethical issues arising from policy planning and implementation are also considered. The specific focus and tasks vary from year to year. The course is designed to be an applied policy analysis experience that integrates theory, practice, and methods.

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