The eightfold path is a method of policy analysis assembled by Eugene Bardach, a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. It is outlined in his book A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving, which is now in its sixth edition. The book is commonly referenced in public policy and public administration scholarship.
Bardach's procedure is as follows:
Define the problem
Assemble the evidence
Construct the alternatives
Select the criteria
Project the outcomes
Confront the trade-offs
Tell your story
A possible ninth step, based on Bardach's own writing, might be "repeat steps 1–8 as necessary."
The method is named after the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path, but otherwise has no relation to it.
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