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300.843.51 SS/R: FACTS MATTER: EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY

Term: Winter Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Examines how well-translated facts, information and science can still play an important, influential role in policymaking debates where partisan gridlock and hyperbole limit progress. Through case studies and expert lectures we examine how to target and advance evidence-based policy positions. Using class exercises, students hone skills for effectively communicating fact-based information through both oral and written materials.

Learning Objective(s):
This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:
analyze different techniques for policy advocacy;
assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options in the context of political, social, administrative, legal and fiscal factors;
formulate effective fact-based arguments, reports and presentations for policy positions.

Methods of Assessment: 20% Class participation; 40% 3-5 page policy brief; and 40% Concept paper for an evidence based earned-media report on policy position.
Location: Washington, DC
Class Times:
  • Thu 01/09/2014 - Fri 01/10/2014
  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016