Cover: Important Hard Problems in Public Policy Analysis

Important Hard Problems in Public Policy Analysis

Published 1987

by Carl H. Builder, David Draper, B. F. Goeller, James P. Kahan, Kathleen A. Wolf, Warren Walker

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This paper identifies a set of 16 "important hard problems" (IHPs) related to the performance of a policy analysis study whose solutions would be considered of great value to researchers and practitioners. The IHPs are divided into three categories: those relating to (1) specific steps in the policy analysis process, (2) the overall policymaking process, and (3) the decision paradigm. This paper was written in response to a request from the Program Director for the Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program at the National Science Foundation.

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