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  1. PAC Seminar – Class 2 • Today’s plan • Check in on current progress as a group (20 minutes) • Discuss policy analysis model (15 minutes) • Analyze the PAE “Reforming Title I” (25 minutes) • Break for individualized time (remaining time)

  2. What you’re doing now • Topic selection: September 25 (or sooner) • Identify your client: • Who is responsible for you? • How much of their time you will get? • Define the problem as clearly and quickly as possible. • Search for a faculty advisor with appropriate skills. • Come to my office hours before 9/25 (required). • And fill out info through link I sent earlier.

  3. How are things going? • Pause. Deep breath. How are things going? Are you happier, sadder or the same as you were last week? • Let’s take 10 minutes for questions you have that you think others might also want answered.

  4. Policy analysis model • Bardach framework from API-505

  5. Policy analysis model • Bardach framework from API-505

  6. Defining the problem • Get this right and the rest will be much easier. • Key question: What is the problem requiring a policy response? • Brainstorm problem elements (and sub-problems). • Define the problem • Write a single, concise problem definition. • Be as specific as possible. • Don't confuse problem elements with actual decision problem. • Do not define the solution into the problem. • Make focus and scope comprehensive andmanageable. • Don't be overwhelmed with goals beyond what’s possible in this context. • Don’t be afraid to reexamine problem definition as PAE progresses.

  7. What makes a good PAE? • Let’s discuss Michele Stillwell-Parvensky’s PAE “Reforming Title I.” • What’s the problem? • Who’s the client? Why? • What research methods does she use to gather evidence? • What form do her recommendations take?

  8. What makes a good PAE? • Spend 10 minutes in small groups identifying three strengths and three weaknesses of this PAE. • What impressed you? • What could have been better? • Why did I ask you to read Appendix D?

  9. What to do next • We do not meet next week. • Schedule office hours prior to 9/25. • Fill out online form prior to those office hours. • Refine your topic/client/problem definition. • Submit your topic selection form by 9/25. • Name, program (MPP), concentration (SUP) • Client, partners, potential advisor • Topic description, potential research methods • For class on 9/25, I’ll ask you do more reading/viewing, but more in an e-mail later.