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Regional Policy and Program Analysis

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course is designed to improve local decision making by raising skill levels. The course consists of four blocks devoted to strengthening policy analysis skills. Each block uses a problem-solving format and groups work together on exercises are a core part of the course. At a general level, the course follows the conventional approach to teaching policy analysis—to equip students with intellectual tools in the identification and specification of policy problems and the development of sensible, useful, and politically viable solutions. A consistent market-oriented paradigm is employed. The following principles guided the team in designing the curriculum and teaching the classes. • The ultimate objective is critical thinking. Many officials tend to operate at what might be termed “the descriptive level.” In other words, in discussing a problem they can describe a situation and outline a proposed policy, but they seldom reach the “analytic level” where the problem and potential solutions are analyzed in terms of incentives that affect behavior. Hence, the task of the course in general, and the faculty in particular, is to constantly challenge participants to defend their statements in terms of hard analysis of incentives, behavioral relations, and consistency with general principles of good management. • Maximize the use of problems and case studies. This point argues for classes that minimize formal lecturing and maximize the time devoted to working on concrete problems, case studies, and role plays in order to sustain student interest. • Decide at the outset on the main analytic skills and policy principles to be conveyed and build the course around these.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To equip students with intellectual tools in the identification and specification of policy problems and the development of sensible, useful, and politically viable solutions
  • To develop understanding of comprehensive system of instruments and skill in applying such instruments to analysis of regional programs and policies
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze and evaluate social and economic policy issues at regional and local levels, use adequate analytic instruments
  • Be able to develop appropriate policy instruments, and be aware of strategic issues around their implementation
  • Be able to defend policy proposals in terms of hard analysis of incentives, behavioral relations, and consistency with general principles of good management
  • Develop concepts and carry out monitoring and evaluation of public programs in social and economic spheres
  • Present results of the policy analysis in a comprehensive and convincing form
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Analysis of social and economic issues at regional and local levels
    Objectives of policy analysis. Typical mistakes in policy analysis. Policy analysis model. Types of policy actions.
  • Stakeholder analysis
    Stakeholder analysis – evaluating the interests/influence of different parties. Stages of stakeholder analysis. Development strategies for stakeholder involvement. Stakeholder analysis at problem identification, program design and implementation.
  • Targeting programs
    Objectives of targeting public programs and policies. Basic steps in targeting. Targeting methods. Measuring targeting performance. Types of subsidies. Methods of benefit calculation.
  • Data analysis
    Data use in policy design and program implementation. Types of data. Methods od data assembling and analysis. Typical problems in data analysis.
  • Role of public authorities in design and implementation of regional policies and programs
    Rationale for public intervention. Public goods. Club goods, common-pool goods, congestible goods, merit goods. Delineation of responsibilities. Subsidiarity. The roles and responsibilities of different levels of government. Role of budgetary transfers and tax instruments.
  • Choice of modes of implementation of public authorities’ functions
    Models for carrying out government functions: direct provision, contracting out, and divestiture/privatization. Evaluation criteria for selection of mode of implementation.
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
    Program monitoring – what to track, why, how? Types of monitoring indicators. Types and levels of monitoring public programs and policies. Logic table for monitoring. Assembling and presentation of monitoring reports. The concept of program evaluation. Program evaluation – assessing the implementation process and/or outcomes. Impact evaluation. Development evaluation program.
  • Performance management
    Performance measurement and performance management. Performance management and strategic planning. Criteria for performance indicators.
  • Cost-benefit analysis
    Basic steps in cost-benefit analysis. Material and non-material costs and benefits. Direct and non-direct costs and benefits. Measurement of benefits. Assessment of cost-efficiency. Limitations for cost-benefit analysis.
  • Preparing policy recommendations
    Attributes of good and bad policy recommendations. Types of policy recommendations. Design and presentation of policy recommendations.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Activity during class hours, including final group presentation
  • non-blocking Written examination
  • non-blocking Written test
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * Activity during class hours, including final group presentation + 0.3 * Written examination + 0.2 * Written test


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cheshire Paul C., Nathan Max and Overman Henry G. Urban Economics and Urban Policy: Challenging Conventional Policy Wisdom [Book]. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.
  • Goodin, R., Moran, M., & Rein, M. (2015). The Oxford handbook of public policy. Australia, Australia/Oceania: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3A27B9A0
  • Hoppe, R. (2008). Scientific advice and public policy: expert advisers’ and policymakers’ discourses on boundary work. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D041BB
  • Operations Evaluation Department. (2004). Monitoring and Evaluation : Some Tools, Methods, and Approaches. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.CB0A62C6
  • Thissen, W. A. H., & Walker, W. E. (2013). Public Policy Analysis : New Developments. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=537663
  • van den Berg Leo, van der Meer Jan and Carvalho Luís Cities As Engines of Sustainable Competitiveness: European Urban Policy in Practice [Book]. - Abingdon : Routledge, 2016.
  • Государственный сектор экономики : экономическая теория и политика: учебник для вузов, Якобсон Л. И., 2000
  • Лаврик Валентина Олеговна, & Киселица Елена Петровна. (2017). Адресная социальная помощь в современной системе социальной защиты населения РФ. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BF8E429
  • Система государственного и муниципального управления: Раздел I. Государственное управление как си... : Учебно-методическое пособие, Кайсарова, В.П., 2010
  • Система государственного и муниципального управления: Раздел II. Система муниципального управления : Учебно-методическое пособие, Ларченко, Л.В., 2010
  • ТУРОВСКИЙ Р.Ф. (2013). Социальная и политическая эффективность региональной власти: проблема измерения. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.51F7BF91

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Araral, E. (2013). Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=513571
  • Ark, L. A. van der, Croon, M. A., & Sijtsma, K. (2005). New Developments in Categorical Data Analysis for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mahwah, N.J.: Psychology Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=125950
  • Eskerod, P., & Jepsen, A. L. (2013). Project Stakeholder Management. Burlington, VT: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=504481
  • Gertler, P., & World Bank. (2011). Impact Evaluation in Practice. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Publications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=360343
  • Giovanni Cerulli. (2015). Econometric Evaluation of Socio-Economic Programs. Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.spr.adstae.978.3.662.46405.2
  • Olson, M. (1971). The Logic of Collective Action : Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=282683
  • Коллоквиум "Оценивание программ и политик: методология и применение". Вып.6: ., Цыганкова Д. Б., 2011
  • Управление эффективностью социальных учреждений / Комаров Е.И., Стрельникова Н.Н., Малофеев И.В. - М.:Дашков и К, 2018. - 304 с.: ISBN 978-5-394-02081-0 - Режим доступа: http://znanium.com/catalog/product/415034