Almost every planning intervention involves public action and process. By definition, we plan to anticipate, influence, or manage future outcomes. Yet, the effectiveness of planning interventions is influenced by actions of regional and national governments, private businesses, bureaucracies, stakeholder groups, and a range of “publics”. Planners must understand how process matters in determining the success of their interventions. This course covers the theory and techniques of plan and policy adoption and implementation, while examining the processes and institutions involved in urban planning and design decision-making.

The course is a hands-on, skill-building course focused on the development of professional skills, including project management, grant-writing, and meeting organization and facilitation. In addition to completing readings selected to build theoretical knowledge, students will engage in 1) lectures from practitioners, 2) regular in-class writing assignments to improve the quality and speed of their professional writing, 3) role playing exercises to expand their facilitation and mediation skills, and 4) semester-long projects aimed at developing their critical analysis of real-world implementation cases and the acquisition of crucial management skills.