Eightfold path (policy analysis)

NOTOC 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. The New York taxi driver test The New York taxi driver test is a technique for evaluating the effectiveness of communication between policy makers and anal
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