Friday, September 09, 2005

The Eight-fold Path

Eugene Bardach, political scientist at Cal-Berkely wrote a nice little primer on policy implementation and public management called the The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving. The title, indebted perhaps to our subcontinental cow worshippers, analyzes policy problems thusly:

  1. Define the Problem
  2. Assemble Some Evidence
  3. Construct the Alternatives
  4. Select the Criteria
  5. Project the Outcomes
  6. Confront the Trade-Offs
  7. Decide!
  8. Tell Your Story
This simple distillation may in fact prove invaluable to the post-Katrina mop up


xtrachromosomeconservative said...

This type of approach is always missing when it comes to reporting and also often to policy.

Ilya said...

Maybe "public management" could profit from rules of thumb, but the turbulence and unpredictability of political life with which politicians and citizens have to deal is not susceptible of such empty "rules."

Anonymous said...

hmmm.very similar to the scientific method of problem solving we learned at an early age. what an innovative thought process.