RAND Public Policy Workshop - August 26-27, 2015

Led by Jeffrey Wasserman, Director, RAND Health

Students in a workshop

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Wednesday, August 26, and
Thursday, August 27, 2015


12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Rayburn House Office Building B-339
Washington, D.C.

About the Workshop

This workshop will provide you 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 in your daily work as a legislative staffer. You will

  • Learn a framework for analyzing complex policy problems in a systematic way
  • Learn how to incorporate political feasibility into the calculus
  • Learn how to use a matrix to clearly outline policy elements and trade-offs
  • Learn how even a small amount of policy analysis skills can lead to better policy formulation.

Upon completion of the workshop, when your Member or Senator says that he or she wants to introduce a proposal on issue "x" by tomorrow, you'll be in a stronger position to make good recommendations by the next day. With an introduction to policy analysis "tools of the trade," you'll 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 an instructor in the University of Southern California's International Public Policy and Management program, where he teaches a course on public policy formulation and implementation. Wasserman received his B.A. in political science and his M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.