This workshop provides legislative staffers with an introduction to policy analysis tools and techniques, as well as an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking. Participants will learn:
- About a framework for analyzing complex policy problems in a systematic way
- How to incorporate political feasibility into the calculus
- How to use a matrix to clearly outline policy elements and trade-offs
- How even a small amount of policy analysis skills can lead to better policy formulation
With an introduction to policy analysis "tools of the trade," staffers will be better equipped to manage the demands of policymaking on the Hill.
About the Instructor
Jeffrey Wasserman is vice president and director of RAND Health. He is also a professor of public policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. For over 30 years, Wasserman led projects related to a wide range of health policy issues, including health care reform, tobacco control, public health emergency preparedness, health care safety nets, and quality of care. Wasserman received his B.A. in political science and his M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester; his Ph.D. in public policy analysis is from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.