RAND Public Policy Workshop - August 9-10, 2017

Jeffrey Wasserman at the 2015 RAND Public Policy Workshop

Photo by RAND Corporation


Wednesday, August 9, and
Thursday, August 10, 2017


12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2044 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Workshop

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 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 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.