ERIC Number: ED199272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Policy Implications Analysis: A Methodological Advancement for Policy Research and Evaluation.
Madey, Doren L.; Stenner, A. Jackson
Policy Implications Analysis (PIA) is a tool designed to maximize the likelihood that an evaluation report will have an impact on decision-making. PIA was designed to help people planning and conducting evaluations tailor their information so that it has optimal potential for being used and acted upon. This paper describes the development and application of PIA and is organized in three parts. First, the need for formal methods to enable decisionmakers to specify more explicitly their information designed to meet this need, PIA, is described in enough detail to permit other investigators to apply the approach to their own studies. In the third section, a recently completed evaluation is used to illustrate the method's application. Several associated advantages of PIA include the following: (1) Policymakers' and other information users' expectations and preconceptions regarding the evaluation and its findings are made explicit; (2) Policy alternatives are delineated and supporting information requirements for each alternative are identified; (3) Connections between evaluation information and alternative policy actions are given additional clarity; and (4) Areas of consensus and dissensus among information users are identified. Associated disadvantages of PIA are also discussed. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Research; Implicational Analysis; Policy Analysis; State Capacity Building Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evaluation Research Society (Arlington, VA, November, 1980).