PAD 500 Week 3 DQ


“Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation”  Please respond to the following. Note: Online students, please respond to two (2) of the following three (3) bulleted items.

  • Evaluate the importance of each major step in policy analysis as it relates to political choice. Next, debate if one would consider any of these steps more important than another. Provide a rationale to support your answer.
  • Consider Luther Gullick’s views on the division of work. Discuss the overall manner in which the division of work that Gullick espouses impacts the size of public administration. Provide two to three (2-3) examples of such an impact—or lack thereof—in order to support your response.
  • From the e-Activity, select two to three (2-3) aspects of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) 2014-2018 strategic plan that would mostly likely be difficult to implement, and analyze the main reasons why the aspects in question would make implementation such a challenge. Next, suggest one (1) method that a policy analyst could use in order to implement the strategic plan overall. Provide a rationale to support your answer.


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PAD 500 Week 3 DQ,

I want to respond to the first bullet point

I am aware that there are five steps that most Policy Analysts attempt to follow and these are:

  • Definition of the problem
  • Setting objectives and criteria
  • Developing alternatives
  • Analyzing various policies
  • Ranking and choosing

Under the Definition of Problem

Policy analysts need to decide which of the problems facilng public organisations are most pressing. There are several questions that need answers, the analyst must seek a clear statement of the problem, information of the nature and range of solutions. These questions include but not limited to: who is affected? Why has the problem surfaced? How does this problem relate to similar problems? E.g. building homes for the disabled: The analyst should be informed about the time or money and the limitations. He/she can talk to those who did similar jobs.

Setting Objective and Criteria

In setting the objective and criteria, the analyst should be able to say what the project is worth for the agency to achieve result A instead of B, e.g. routing a highway, the factors to be considered are the cost of the project, how many people will use the high way, number of houses and other properties that might be displaced, impact of noise and pollution on adjacent neighborhoods. These should be ranked, the analyst be asked to seek the solution maximizes output and minimize cost. The different stakeholders should be considered when making that choice.


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