Eightfold Path (policy analysis)
The Eightfold Path is a method of policy analysis assembled by Eugene Bardach, a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. It is outlined in his book A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving, which is now in its fourth edition. The book is commonly referenced in public policy and public administration scholarship.
Bardach's procedure is as follows:
- Define the Problem
- Assemble Some Evidence
- Construct the Alternatives
- Select the Criteria
- Project the Outcomes
- Confront the Trade-offs
- Tell Your Story
A possible ninth-step, based on Bardach's own writing, might be "Repeat Steps 1 - 8 as Necessary."
The New York taxi driver test
The New York taxi driver test is a technique for evaluating the effectiveness of communication between policy makers and analysts. Bardach contends that policy explanations must be clear and down-to-earth enough for a taxi driver to be able to understand the premise during a trip through city streets. The New York taxi driver is presumed to be both a non-specialist and a tough customer.
- "Eugene Bardach's Faculty Homepage (Berkeley)". University of California at Berkeley. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- Eugene Bardach. "A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis". Book. CQ Press. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
- "List of scholarly works referencing A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis". Google Scholar. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- Eugene Bardach (2000). A practical guide for policy analysis: the eightfold path to more effective problem solving. Chatham House Publishers, Seven Bridges Press. ISBN 978-1-889119-29-8.