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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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Summary and Future Directions

Summary and Future Directions

(p.191) Chapter Five Summary and Future Directions
Does Policy Analysis Matter?

Lee S. Friedman

University of California Press

This chapter summarizes the major findings of the previous chapters in considering the development and impact of the policy-analytic profession. The growth in the voluntary employment of analysts not only by governments of all types as well as private sector and nonprofit agencies is a key indicator of the profession's effectiveness and value. However, policy analysts always place a high value on self-improvement. Market tests of employment are good at establishing general value of the analytic inputs (that benefits are greater than costs), and they are also good at demonstrating the broad range of settings in which this occupation has value. But a better understanding of when and how policy-analytic inputs succeed (and fail) at improving policies is important for learning how to improve the profession's effectiveness.

Keywords:   policy analysis, policy-analytic profession, policy-analytic inputs, government sector, private sector

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