The purpose for developing a case scenario is for you to
demonstrate your understanding of the materials covered in the course and
relate it to professional experiences. Students producing excellent case
scenarios may be asked to submit their work to the Public Administration Genome
Project (PAGP). The PAGP is an attempt to digitally “map” and employ the full
set of topics (“genes”), variables, and interrelationships that comprise all
the matters that make up public administration. It is based on the Human Genome
Project—the effort to identify and codify 35,000 or so genes in our DNA. Few
people would deny that the public administration world—like the world in
general—is becoming more and more complicated. Plus, no one could possibly
know, much less remember, the many strategies, external forces, and their
interconnected impacts that might apply in a particular situation. Hence there
is a need for a comprehensive, logical, and readily available system to help
capture such topics, variables, and interrelationships. Such a system could
provide a rational and scientific approach to public administration and, as a
result, further enhance the field’s impact on public matters such as health,
security, and welfare. Contributors submit source cases in a partially
structured, systematic format. The cases then are placed into a wiki database
known as ComPASS (COMprehensive PA Support System). There currently are about
82 cases. The full set of cases presently includes about 15,000 variables and
You can learn more about the P.A. Genome
Project from the following resources:
Dickey, J. W. (n.d.).
PA genome project brief [Wiki]. Retrieved May 2, 2014, from
13632527/PA Genome Project Brief
Dickey, J. W. (2009). The
public administration (P.A.) genome project: Capturing, mapping, and deploying
the “genes” of P.A. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Your Final Project must be presented as a 12-
to 15-page (not including references, title page, or abstract), double-spaced,
Select an actual event from your prior
professional experience in which you or the organization(s) with which you work
developed enacted, implemented, and/or impacted public policy. If you do not
have an example of a professional experience or organization, select one from
the literature (i.e., reputable newspapers, periodicals, websites, etc.) with
which you are familiar enough to complete this Assignment. Think in broad terms
about the definition of public policy. Social change and/or an organization’s
strategic agenda are acceptable.
Write a case scenario that illustrates how you
or your organization developed, enacted, implemented, and/or impacted public
Organize the case scenario according to the
Background: Provide the background for the case scenario. The
background section of the paper must include but is not limited to the
A brief description of
the organization(s) involved including the country where the case originates
A description of the
policy issue and how it was addressed
An explanation of the
desired outcome or goal
An explanation of the
action undertaken to achieve the outcome (i.e., was the organization attempting
to develop, enact, implement, and/or impact public policy or was it a
combination of these activities and what was done?)
A detailed description
of the actual policy outcome and an explanation of the factors that may have
Variables: Provide a description of the variables that effected the
development, enactment, and implementation of the public policy. Use the
following prompts to help structure this section. Please note, not all prompts
will apply to the event you select.
Explain what, if any,
basic democratic concepts, principles, and processes were involved.
Explain the network
interactions involved, if any, and explain what they were.
Explain the tools of
democracy or strategies your organization used.
Describe the leaders
and explain their influence on the process.
Explain the ethical
concerns and implications surrounded the action.
issues involved, if any, and explain how they were addressed.
Explain whether the
action presented a challenge to democratic governance and explain how those
challenges were addressed.
Explain the role of
technology in the process.
Relationships: Describe the relationships among the
variables you explained in the previous section. For example, did the actors in
the policy network related to the event influence the type of tools used to
implement a policy? Or, did social networking technology used to connect actors
lead to ethical issues surrounding privacy? Be creative and think about all the
possible relationships among the variables.
Insights: Share conclusions, insights, and recommendations that
emerged from your experiences and the development of the case scenario. Include
insights you have gained concerning how this case might have played out
differently in a different country or culture as well as how the public policy
might effect social change.