Policy Analysis and Preparation of Policy Papers (Position paper, Policy Brief, Policy Pitch and Memo)
Public policy analysis has been described as the art and craft of “speaking truth to power” (Wildavsky, 1987). Policy analysis aims to provide evidence-based analysis and advice to guide the development and implementation of public policy/programs — and influence the work of government agencies and other stakeholders. Policy analysis requires several distinct sets of skills: an understanding of the policy context, an appreciation for the concerns of diverse stakeholders, technical knowledge of analytical tools, and the ability to develop and communicate the preferred course of action. This course introduces the concept of policy analysis, provides practical skills and analytical frameworks for analyzing, evaluating, and communicating policy proposals to the decision-makers and other stakeholders.
Policy analysis does not end with the selection of a course of action/policy option, there follows communication of policy option. This involves different forms and techniques. In this course, you will learn different forms and techniques of communicating outputs of policy analysis. Those involved in the policymaking process will learn how to prepare and communicate policy proposals, while those involved in advocacy will learn how to package and communicate your evidence-based position to your audience.
*  -Understand the difference between policy analysis and scientific research; *  -Understand the process of delivering to the preferred course of action/policy option during policy analysis; *  -Understand different methods and techniques of policy analysis; *  -Analyze issues and how to frame problems with attention to stakeholder values and interests (issue diagnosis); *  -Improve analytical capabilities and learn how to apply a multi-dimensional lens to the analysis of public policy issues; *  -Understand how to use multi-attribute analysis to make tradeoffs between different compelling alternatives and to identify preferred policy option/s; *  -Develop analytical capabilities on how to prepare a professional and compelling position paper, policy brief, Memo, and policy pitch that fits with the target audience; *  -Develop skills and judgment capabilities as professionals in the policy world by gaining understanding with analysis, objective judgment, writing, collaboration, and communication.
✓  –Technocrats (officials) in the government in charge of policy, planning and program design, implementation, and monitoring; ✓  –NGOs staff in charge of advocacy and program design and implementation; ✓  –Consultants who develop policies and strategies for the government and Civil Society Organizations ✓  –Researchers and students interested in public policy and policy analysis ✓  –Private organizations/firms interested to advocate for an issue in government, or other stakeholders.