Observations about policy analysis. Discussion considering the role of policy research institutions in society and in decisionmaking, their role in generating social and scientific technology, and the management of policy research institutions. Focuses on four major points: (1) characteristics of policy analysis; (2) implementing policy research: implementation analysis; (3) policy research institutions; and (4) policy research institutions and decisionmaking: some specific issues. Discusses relationships between policy analysis and decisionmaking. Briefly comments on such specific topics as the connections between academic and policy research, whether policy research should be located inside or outside government, and the roles of analysis and of advocacy.