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A Public Policy and Management Subject in the Analysis and Skills Domain

Analytic Methods

This public policy and management subject, under the Analysis and Skills domain, deals with the theory and techniques of decision-making, process optimization, and project management, as it applies to public institutions. This subject includes analysis and problem-solving techniques used in public sector management consulting such as decision analysis, cost-benefit analysis, activity-based costing, balanced scorecard, and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis. 


 Teaching and Advisory Topics on Decision Sciences for Public Management

 Courses, Reference Collections, Concepts and Practice Examples

  Topics with References primarily associated with Policy Analysis Theory and Techniques
  Concepts primarily used in Policy Analysis Theory and Techniques


In the coming months, teaching topic pages will be created for most of the following topics derived from the two HKS courses, API-303: Game Theory and Strategic Decisions and API-505M: Policy Analysis. The first entry is from the HKS course, API-201: Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods, which devoted three classes to Decision Analysis.

Decision Analysis
Strategic Alignment
The Bardach Policy Analysis Frameworks
Use of Evidence
Cost Effectiveness
Political Stakeholder Analysis
Generating Alternatives
Making Tradeoffs
Decision-making under Uncertainty
Agency Theory
Sensitivity Analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Time Preferences
Political Analysis
Foundations of Game Theory
Prisoners' Dilemma and its Applications
Pure Strategy
Nash Equilibrium
Multiple Nash Equilibria
Equilibrium Selection
Mixed Strategies
Repeated Games
Collective Action and Collective Inaction Games
Sequential Move Games
Subgame Perfect Nash Equilibrium (SPNE)
Application of SPNE to Bargaining
Games with Incomplete Information
Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection
Signaling Games
Cheap Talk
Strategy and Voting
Power and limits to game theory

Page created by: Ian Clark, last updated 22 February 2013. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

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