e-Activities

o Review the different duties and responsibilities of a policy analyst within the various levels of government by exploring the following Websites:

www.usajobs.gov

http://www.policyjobs.net/

http://www.publicservicecareers.org/

o Watch the video titled “Steven Levitt on Child Car Seats” (19 min 2 s) at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/steven_levitt_on_child_carseats.html
“The Policy Analyst and Real Policy.” Please respond to the following:

• From the duties and responsibilities of a policy analyst that you researched in the e-Activity, identify two different policy analyst positions. Evaluate whether or not the positions are suited to you and your experience/education/skill set. State why or why not. Please be specific. This is not subjective opinion, but self-analysis. Be objective and concrete in your response.
• From watching the video from the e-Activity, apply what you learned about the position of policy analyst to the video. Describe what you, as a policy analyst, would say in response to Steven Levitt. Refer to Policy Analyst, found in “Instructor Insights”, for guidance on how to put yourself in the mindset of a policy analyst.
“Systems Models.” Please respond to the following:

• Compare and contrast the Stages Model with the Policy Change Cycle discussed in Instructor Insights. For example, linear steps vs. feedback loops. Which model would you recommend. You must support your position.
• Identify and succinctly discuss (ABC), the influence of two environmental factors (external trends) on the policy-making process, e.g. demographics and the economy.
“Distribution of Wealth.” Please respond to the following:

• Succinctly (Accurately, briefly, concisely) explain unequal distribution of wealth, why it matters and its influence on public policy.
• Analyze and take a position on unequal distribution of wealth and its influence on demographic changes