Required subject for all entering PhD students. Dual focus is on formulating researchable questions (to help students write their first-year papers) and understanding how research knowledge comes to be influential in the world or not influential. Explores ways to make research knowledge more accessible, credible, and useful in the realm of public policy and practice. Addresses the politics of the policymaking process, the power of framing and agenda-setting, how knowledge diffuses along knowledge and influence networks, and how varied types of knowledge shape decision-making and action. Prerequisites: permission of instructor

Spring 2013