Spring 2025  |  PA 5405 Section 001: Public Policy Implementation (56994)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2025 - 05/05/2025
Mon, Wed 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Theory, tools, and practice of the implementation of public policy, particularly in areas involving public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Analytical approach focuses on multiple levels in policy fields to pinpoint and assess implementation challenges and levers for improvement.
Class Description:
This course examines issues in the implementation of public programs and policies. Implementation is an integral, dynamic and important component of using policy and programs to improve public problems. Policies are not only created by elected officials, who authorize and fund government activities, but also by state administrators, local managers, front-line staff, and groups targeted by policy change. Because of this complexity, this course introduces students to a multilevel implementation analysis framework. Multilevel analysis focuses on understanding how the core policy or program is understood at the policy field, organizational, and front-line levels. It also provides ways to better understand how a social process that involves power and culture often significantly shapes implementation processes and tasks. This helps improve students' skills in navigating complex system in which most public policy implementation occurs.
Learning Objectives:
Because implementation is inherently a social process, it requires skillful actors who can both analyze situations and work effectively with others to direct resources, manage competing demands, and move toward positive social outcomes. As such, students need to cultivate their abilities to be analytical, reflective and adaptive. The course is designed to help students build all of these skills through lecture, field work, and discussion.
Exam Format:
There are no exams. Assignments will be in the form of field projects, presentations, and participation.
Class Format:
Classes are face-to-face with weaving in of on-line materials, small group informal meetings, and consultation with the instructor.
One textbook is required - Effective Implementation In Practice: Integrating Public Policy and Management by Sandfort and Moulton (2015). Other materials are provided on Moodle, including readings, case studies, videos, etc. Students engage in field research projects that allow them to focus on their areas of interest and explore implementation processes and results.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 March 2017

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