University of Michigan
Using Public Policy for Social Change
University of Michigan

Using Public Policy for Social Change

Taught in English

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Paula Lantz

Instructor: Paula Lantz


(44 reviews)

Beginner level

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14 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Learn to identify and define each step of the public policy-making cycle

  • How to analyze social issues from a policy perspective

  • Learn how advocacy work plays a part in policy-making

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There are 4 modules in this course

Welcome to the Using Public Policy for Social Change course and the first-week module! This module provides an overview of the course and introduces learners to public policy as a field of professional practice. This includes an introduction to key concepts and terms and to a framework for understanding the policy-making process in democracies. Let's get started!

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16 videos6 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts

Welcome to Week 2! This module focuses on the first two steps in the policy-making cycle: “issue framing and “agenda setting.” This includes attention to how social problems can be researched, framed, and advocated for using an equity lens. This week will also include instruction in the basic elements of designing and implementing an advocacy strategy regarding a policy issue. Let's get started!

What's included

13 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 app item2 discussion prompts

Welcome to Week 3! You passed the midpoint of this course. Great job! This module focuses on steps three and four in the policy-making process of policy design, which includes policy design and policy decision-making. We cover the basics of the policy design and the important role of prospective policy analysis in the process. The module will also present a framework for analyzing and justifying a specific policy idea/design that includes consideration of its impact, economic efficiency, ethical tensions, and equity/fairness implications. Let's get started!

What's included

11 videos3 readings5 quizzes1 app item1 discussion prompt

Welcome to Week 4, the last week of this course! This module covers steps five and six in the policy-making cycle: policy implementation and policy evaluation. The focus of this module is on the major techniques used to assess whether public programs and policies are achieving their intended objectives and goals. The module includes a discussion of different types of program evaluation for assessing implementation and impact/outcome goals and the research approaches commonly used for public sector evaluation, including many examples. This module also provides some guidance regarding how to find resources related to policy evaluation research and other aspect of public policy. The module concludes with an overview of the course, along with some guidance for how to find your own niche in the world of using public policy for social change. Let's get started!

What's included

13 videos3 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts


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Paula Lantz
University of Michigan
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