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Does Policy Analysis Matter?Exploring Its Effectiveness in Theory and Practice$
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Lee S. Friedman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287396

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287396.001.0001

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The Complicated and the Complex

The Complicated and the Complex

Policy Analysis in an Era of Design

(p.155) Chapter Four The Complicated and the Complex
Does Policy Analysis Matter?

M. Suzanne Donovan

University of California Press

This chapter considers the practice of policy analysis for the service-providing agencies of government like schools and assesses how well suited the policy-analytic tools are to being a source of improved policies for these agencies. This assessment draws on some 20-plus years of experience studying and implementing policies to improve schooling. The operating agencies are viewed as being always constrained by their existing base of knowledge and skills, always capable through learning of how to operate better, and always faced with opportunities that will require organizational learning. The central issue here is how to recognize when the capability of the school system must be improved in order to be commensurate with the ideas for educational improvement that it is asked to implement, and how to do so.

Keywords:   policy analysis, service provider, schools, policy-analytic tools, improved policies, schooling, operating agencies, school system, educational improvement

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