Book News: August 24th, 2006

By Paul SpickerPeople who work in planning, management and service delivery in the public sector need to know how policy is translated into practice, what is happening, and whether a policy works. Policy analysis for practice deals with the concepts, methods and techniques required to undertake the analysis and review of policy and its implementation. Focusing on developing understanding and skills for a growing area of practice, it combines material from public and social administration with examples and application to social policy and the social services.

The book looks at ways to understand and analyse the main stages of the policy process: developing strategies, identifying aims, examining the situation, choosing methods, implementation and service delivery, and evaluating outcomes. It stresses throughout the role of policy analysis as a political, and not just a technical, activity.

Policy analysis for practice is an original, thought-provoking text with a strong applied focus. It offers systematic, accessible coverage of wide-ranging literature and application to practical circumstances and the needs of people in the field. It is relevant to social policy and public sector management and fields including central and local government, health and social care and the voluntary sector.

Published by Policy Press. ISBN 1861348258. 13.59 pounds.