Using the Atlas to Plan a Policy Report

… one way of Using the Atlas

Useful topics and concepts on the Atlas of Public Management

If you are a member of, or staff to, a body such as a Parliamentary Committee that is tasked with examining a broad policy topic (such as the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector), you may find it useful to review some of the material taught in MPP and MPA programs on problem definition, policy instruments, delivery models, and writing policy reports.

The table below lists the most relevant Atlas topics (bold) and the most relevant concepts within the topics.

Problem Definition and Agenda Setting

Pal’s Aspects of Problem Definition

Issue Framing

Policy Images

Policy Window

Policy Instruments and Design

Pal’s Classification of Policy Instruments

Policy Design and Social Values


Bardach’s Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving

Competing Values in Governance and Institutions

Beyond Policy Analysis – Book Highlights

Designing the Delivery Model

Bardach’s Things Governments Do

Doing Nothing as a Policy Instrument

Using Information-Based Policy Instruments

Using Expenditure-Based Policy Instruments

Incrementality and Fungibility

Using Taxation-Based Policy Instruments

Using Regulation-Based Policy Instruments

Using Direct Provision as a Policy Instrument

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Misconduct vs. Deficiency


Good Governance

Writing to Persuade

Policy Issue Paper

Young and Quinn’s Writing Checklist for Problem Definition

Smith’s 3-Step Approach to Policy Communication

Using Plain Language

Style Guides

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