Forecasting, Recommending, Monitoring, and Evaluating Policy Outcomes
The policy making process requires effective forecasting, recommending, and monitoring of policy outcomes. In this Section, the Learner will have the opportunity to explore each of these facets of the policy analysis process.
Required Reading:
Dunn, W. (2012): Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7
Ghosh, C., & Raychaudhuri, A. (2010)
Policy Recommendation
Recommending a Policy
Once policy outcomes are forecasted, an analyst must recommend a decision on the appropriate policy decision. What recommendation should be made? What aid should be used in order to determine the recommendation? This activity provides you with the opportunity to examine several methods that can be used in this important process.
As stated above, several methods exist to aid an analyst in making recommendations on policies. Conduct research and select two methods that can be used. Next, write a paper that focuses on the following points:
1. What two methods did you select? Why?
2. Provide a comparison of the utility of each method
Length: 4-5 pages (app. 350 words per page)
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and the current APA standards.

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Policy analysts are called upon to recommend appropriate policy decisions. They have a number of methods that they can use to evaluate policy decisions, ranging from purely quantitative to purely qualitative. This paper discusses two of these in the context of an issue that has been in the news these past few days: Mandated coverage of birth control under health insurance plans.
The first issue is a qualitative one. Some employers are opposed on religious grounds to family planning of any sort. They claim that to offer their employees birth control under the medical plan they provide goes against their conscience, and to force them to do so violates their Constitutional right to freedom of religion. They want to exclude birth control from their medical plans.
The second issue is one of equal protection. Women’s rights groups claim that excluding birth control for women but not medication for male erectile dysfunction discriminates against women in the area of reproductive health. Furthermore, the exclusion of birth control is an illegal intrusion into the private lives of the employees.
The third issue is the cost to the company of unintended pregnancy. Employees with new babies have to take time off to care for them (this applies to both mothers and fathers), and parents have to take sick time when their children are sick, in addition to taking sick time for...

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