This course is designed to introduce participants to a problem-solving approach that will help them devise solutions based on a more comprehensive understanding of the facts. The beauty and power of the Legislative Problem-Solving Method lies in its simplicity:
1. Identify whose and what behaviors constitute the underlying social problem;
2. Explain why people, and institutions, are engaging in the repetitive patterns of problematic behaviors;
3. Propose a solution (or policy) that addresses the causes of the problematic behaviors; and
4. Devise monitoring criterion, and evaluation protocols, to enable policy-makers to assess whether the policy is being implemented and, if so, if it is having the desired effect.
Program participants walk through case studies using the Legislative Problem-Solving Method and its basic tools. Participants regularly adopt the problem-solving method and begin to use it right away because it gives them a simple, logical framework through which they can differentiate between effective and ineffective solutions and policies. Legis specialists do not tell local experts and decision makers which solutions to pursue; we provide them with tools that they can use to identify effective policies, and provide them with support as they learn to use those tools.