ERIC Number: ED164362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-27
Can Research on Women Be More Effective in Shaping Policy?
Tangri, Sandra S.; Strasburg, Georgia L.
In order to formulate social policy which is responsive to needs of women and other minority groups, decision makers must be better informed about alternative options, incentives, and unintended as well as intended consequences of various policies. Social scientists can contribute to decision makers' understandings of social factors in numerous ways. They can call attention to policy-relevant questions, provide impact analyses, and conduct evaluation research. Institutional mechanisms for producing the most useful research about women and minorities must be devised through cooperative efforts of government agencies, research organizations, and interest groups. Also, graduate programs in psychology and related social sciences should train students to conceptualize, understand, and investigate public policy issues. Problem areas in which research on women could have a significant impact include community response to physical, aesthetic, and service needs; welfare policies; occupational choice and affirmative action; and situational determinants of sex-typed traits. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Rights Legislation, Decision Making, Disadvantaged, Discriminatory Legislation, Females, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Legislation, Legislators, Literature Reviews, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Poverty, Psychology, Quality of Life, Relationship, Research Needs, Social Change, Social Influences, Social Planning, Social Science Research
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 27, 1977)