Students of public policy methods complete policy analyses on randomly assigned issues. During the semester, they do memorandum exercises to apply concepts introduced in the textbook Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice to their issues. Near the end of the semester, each student submits a 15-page policy analysis (exclusive of an executive summary and an unlimited number of pages of appendices) to Professor David Weimer and to one other student. The other student writes a collegial critique, and Professor Weimer prepare a more comprehensive evaluation following a template that helps him cover important points systematically.
The Policy Projects