ERIC Number: ED203982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Workshop on Family Impact Analysis for the Research Forum of the White House Conference on Families.
Family impact analyses are focused on one basic question: What will a given law, policy or practice do to families? There are two major activities in the process of analyzing family impact that has been developed by participants in the Family Impact Seminar: the first involves figuring out exactly how a law, policy, or system under study actually works, and the second involves asking a series of questions to identify how it affects families. Guides for conducting the two major activities of the impact analysis have been developed and are included in this document. The first guide lists public policy components such as laws, regulations, appropriations, administrative practices and benefits/service delivery characteristics that must be examined at the federal, state and local levels. The second guide lists two sets of factors on which the effects of policies depend: (1) family functions such as membership, nurturance and socialization, economic support and consumption; and (2) family attributes such as socioeconomic status, family structure, stages of the family life cycle, internal context, informal social networks and neighborhood environments. These guides are designed to be used in interviewing relevant agency officials, families receiving services and family advocates. Findings are then to be used to develop recommendations for changes in policies and practices to make them more supportive of families. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Impact Studies
Note: Paper presented at the Research Forum on Family Issues, National Advisory Committee of the White House Conference on Families (Washington, DC, April 10-11, 1980).