Faculty Author: Jennifer Miller
Course: PPD 373 Public Policy and Planning Analysis
Department or School: Price School of Public Policy
Student Population: undergraduates, mostly seniors
Keywords: public policy, data, quantitative, analysis, monetary, time series
Summary: Five assignments collected together produce a portfolio showcasing students’ ability to present quantitative analyses for public policy, using 2 related and publicly available data series (one monetary and one non-‐monetary), numbers, graphs, and words.
Assignment Goals: The assignment is aligned with the following course learning outcomes.
Students will learn the value of quantitative methods for defining problems, making decisions, and evaluating outcomes in public policy and planning contexts.
Students will develop knowledge of the following specific topics:
The course provides an introduction to basic applications of the following specific techniques:
Students will develop the following specific skills using Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software:
Faculty Author Advice: I purchased the Voki Presenter software for its broader selection of avatars, ability to record presentations longer than 1 minute, and ability to add backgrounds. Students had the option to earn credit on their final memo by recording a Voki avatar with an Executive Summary, using the free version of the Voki software, which has a 1-‐minute time limit (a positive feature). Sample student executive summary Voki avatar (with permission) by Mizuki Yamamoto at: http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=11326980&height=267&width=200