Methods for Policy Research, Second Edition, by Ann Majchrzak and M. Lynne Markus, is a book about responsible and evidence-based decision making written for those interested in improving the decisions that affect people's lives. It describes how to define policy research questions so that evidence can be applied to them, how to find and synthesize existing evidence, how to generate new evidence if needed, how to make acceptable recommendations that can solve policy problems without negative side effects, and how to describe evidence and recommendations in a manner that changes minds. The suggestions made throughout the book are based on the fundamental belief that evidence-based decision making is superior to decisions based purely on opinion, intuition, and emotion.

Launch the Policy Research Process

Launch the Policy Research Process

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This chapter explores the first phase of the policy research process: Launch. In this phase, you iteratively reframe the policy research question as you familiarize yourself with the policy problem. We provide you with frameworks to help direct and organize your knowledge gathering: the Policy Change Wheel, STORM context conditions, and Stakeholder Analysis. Additionally, in this process, you will identify a group of advisers willing to help you through the research. The activities and major deliverables of the Launch Phase are summarized in Figure 2.1. Prior to walking you through each of the six activities and two deliverables, it is important to explain your goal for the six activities and how you will be able to evaluate your performance ...

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