|SES #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
Knowledge in use: Problems and opportunities, overview of the course, participant interests.
Models of knowledge production and decision making
Rational policy/planning model, muddling through, deliberation, causal reasoning.
Agendas and the policy process
Agenda-setting and agenda-informing research, politics of the policy process, policy actors and messages.
Frames and persuasion
Sensemaking and storytelling with and without research, frame analysis, reframing. Case: Education reform.
Guest: Jal Mehta
|Problem statement for case paper due|
Paradigms and fads
Focus: design and city form, “urban utopias.”
Guest: Lawrence Vale
Diffusion of innovation
Creating and diffusing innovation, replication and mimicking.
Take-home midterm exam available
Case: Fighting ghetto poverty
The Moving to Opportunity (MTO) experiment, images of ghetto poverty and the poor.
Guest: Jeffrey Liebman
Midterm exam due
Case: Science in policy disputes
Guest: Lawrence Susskind
Action learning and practice
Theories of practice, action learning, communities of practice (knowledge networks).
The politics and use of evaluation research
Truth tests and utility tests, demonstration theory of social change.
Research writing for non-academic readers
The form and function of research briefs and related media (press releases, etc.)
|12||Discussion of student briefs and case papers in progress.||Research briefs due 48 hours before class, for peer and faculty review|
|13||Course review, discussion of case topics.||Final case papers due|