Policy Analysis-  Defining the Problem

Guidelines to consider while Defining the Problem

Problem definition is the first and probably the most important step of the Eightfold path- this is because without understanding the problem thoroughly as policy makers/analysts we can inadvertently set off in the wrong direction with a seemingly right solution. This can lead to dangerous outcomes.

Things to Avoid

Decision Analysis & Modeling- Formatting Data, Collecting Data

Excel- Cell Formatting
Statistics- Data Collection

The following data from UNICEF explains how to collect data especially in public policy.

Policy in Action

Time for some comedy :)