MPA 593 Week 1 Discussion 1: Policy Research and Issue Identification
Discussion Topic for MPA 593 Week 1 Discussion 1
Students need to contribute four substantive posts in this discussion by the due date indicated. The substantive posts can be any combination of responses and replies.
Review this week’s course materials and learning activities, and respond to one of the following prompts in one to two paragraphs:
Explain why defining the importance of the problem is a critical step. What are the reasons for defining the importance of the problem? What difficulties might arise in the policy project if the importance of the problem is not established?
Explain why evaluating recommended courses of action is a critical factor in the policy analysis process. What types of difficulties might arise in the process if this step is not completed correctly?
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