Spring 2008 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: Why Some Good Ideas Fail (and some succeed): Mastering the Execution Challenge
Instructor(s): Kevin Bacon
Course: P A 682B - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 64185
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.108
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The policy world is littered with big ideas badly executed. This PRP, sponsored by Deloitte Research, is focused on the following questions:



Students will develop case studies on implementation for a number of important government initiatives in Texas to help answer these questions. The project will consist of primary and secondary research and interviews with agency leaders, state employees, and outside experts. There will be extensive collaboration with Deloitte Research during all phases of the project.

The results of the project will be a series of case studies that discuss key factors in policy design and implementation that led to success or failure. Specific lessons learned as well as broader principles for implementation will be discussed. The research project will also contribute to a book Deloitte will publish on this subject.

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