ERIC Number: ED223499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Value Indicators and Public Policy: Democratic Information Systems.
MacRae, Duncan, Jr.
A system for developing public policy indicators would include social, economic, and environmental statistics which would define problems facing a political community. Policy indicator variables center around the broad needs of policy. Any measure of human conditions, including sources outside the basic disciplines, are used; intervals of observation could be weeks and months as well as years. The design of a policy indicator system begins with a definition of value variables as either social goal areas (e.g., health, development through learning, time and leisure, physical environment) and values corresponding to notions of general welfare (economic production, the duration of subjective well-being, and the distribution of these two variables among populations). The political community, as the user of policy indicators, includes elected officials, candidates, organized citizens, journalists, and the general public. Dissemination to these groups creates a problem in terms of timeliness and availability of data. Also, the choice and the use of contributory variables for the system depends on developments both in the political community and the scientific community that assess the quality, validity, and significance of measures. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Denver, CO, September 2-5, 1982).