Using the Atlas to Gauge Concept Usefulness

… one way of Using the Atlas

Perspectives from professors, students, practitioners, and Atlas users

When designing a course of study for students or practitioners of public management one needs to determine the concepts that will be most pedagogically useful. There are a number of tables in the Atlas that can help to gauge the usefulness of concepts. They draw on perspectives of university instructors, MPP/MPA students, government instructors, and Atlas users.

Perspective of university instructors

Atlas206 Internship Reading includes five collections of concepts thought by one of the Atlas editors to be among the most important in typical first-year courses:

Perspective of students

The tables in Top 50 Concept Readings for Toronto MPP Courses provide links to Atlas pages for 8 x 50 = 400 concepts taught in the eight first-year courses in the Toronto MPP curriculum during the 2017-18 academic year, and selected by students to be the most useful in learning the course material.

Perspective of government instructors

The second table (Exhibit 2) in Preparing for the Policy Profession with Concepts in Beyond Policy Analysis displays concepts on the Atlas that align most closely with the specific competencies in the Policy Profession Competencies Table.

Perspective of Atlas users

The tables in Most Viewed Concepts, generated by Google Analytics, display the 100 most frequently viewed concept pages on the Atlas for the period 1 January 2019 to 27 April 2019.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 4 May 2019.

Image: Ace Green, Two Invaluable Life Concepts, at, accessed 4 May 2019.