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.

Expand Stakeholder Engagement

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This chapter describes what you should do after you have developed your recommendations for policy change. In this phase, you expand stakeholder engagement in the policy change process and, ideally, obtain stakeholders’ commitment for policy change. Stakeholder expansion is accomplished through iteratively developing and sharing a Case for Change. By Case for Change, we mean a set of messages about your evidence and recommendations that becomes, with feedback, so compelling that stakeholders support policy change and take action.

As you expand stakeholder engagement around your Case for Change, you will undoubtedly surface new stakeholder concerns and objections that did not arise in earlier phases. Although this push back can be discouraging, it can also suggest ways to make your recommendations even ...

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