We have studied the constitutional framework and practical operations of the policymaking process. Now, it is time to analyze policy itself. You may choose ANY public policy issue that the Texas state government can impact for your policy analysis project.
There are some basic steps to follow in your research process. Each step will be a section of a written report that you will submit with your in-class policy presentation. The report is NOT a research paper, but you do need to cite ALL your sources and organize the report using the provided format and expectations.
Step 1: Define the policy problem
Step 2: Identify policy solutions
Step 3: Evaluate policy solutions
Step 4: Compare policy solutions
Step 5: Endorse a policy solution
Appropriate sources include: 1) academic sources from databases, 2) governmental sources from agency websites, 3) policy reports generated by think tanks/interest groups, and 4) mainstream media sources that report on policy (WSJ, NYT, etc.).