Policy and Institutional Analysis: A Handbook
As a profession, policy analysis examines what actions would best serve the public interest in a given situation, and how those actions can be successfully elaborated as formal policy and implemented by state actors with support from their civil society constituents. To increase the likelihood of success and sustainability of policy outcomes, modern policy analysis focuses on conflict resolution, partnership, consultation, participation and engaging a broad spectrum of stakeholders in the decision-making process to gain their support and reflect the interests of a wide range of community of actors in policy decisions. An informed and pragmatic policy analyst can relatively easily identify the relevant actors, relevant factors, and the mechanisms that facilitate or curtail discourse on policy formation and implementation without becoming entrenched in normative disputes with competing factions in a policy arena. This manual is written to serve as a roadmap for informed and effective policy making.