Trends and Innovations in Public Policy Analysis


Deven Carlson is a PhD. candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary substantive research interests include education policy and housing policy. His methodological interests include policy analysis, policy evaluation, benefit-cost analysis, and experimental design.


This essay identifies three notable advances that have influenced the field of public policy analysis in recent years: the move toward social experimentation, the use of meta-analysis and Monte Carlo simulation in benefit-cost analysis, and the rise of institutional actors that promote the practice and dissemination of high-quality policy analysis. In addition to describing each of these innovations, this essay discusses how each of these advances has affected the practice of public policy analysis.