Individual Relationship Development


The relationships that you established between your variables can be formalized as equations. These equations represent the causal relationship between two or more variables in that when one variable is changed, the other side of the equation must also change, showing that a change in the first variable causes a change in the second. This brings the Discussion back to the review of various kinds of causal relationships discussed in Week 6. Equations should be evaluated according to both quantitative and qualitative criteria.


To prepare:

         Think about the public policy and administration issue you have been examining throughout the course.

         Review Appendix D, “Cause and Effect Considerations.”

         Review your Learning Resources, focusing on equations and think about the equations related to your issue.


By Day 3


Post 2–3 equations and discuss the relationships based on the equations.


You can use qualitative or quantitative equations.


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