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ERIC Number: ED174088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Research, Information, and the Legislative Process. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Johnson, Mark D.; Chance, C. William
The role of research and information in legislative decisionmaking is discussed. It is suggested that planning is of marginal utility to state legislatures. The primary obstacles to planning in the legislative arena are the turnover among state legislators, internal shifts of power, and the legislative tendency to deal with discrete policy issues to minimize political conflict. It is proposed that policy analysis is potentially the most valuable type of contribution the research community can make to legislative decisionmaking. The utility of raw data in the legislative process is questioned, and the need for comparable data from different institutions is cited. The areas of research that hold promise are needs assessment and outcomes assessment. Implications for institutional research in support of the state-level legislative process are addressed. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Washington
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)