ERIC Number: ED395374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
The Use of Idea-Based Policy Instruments in Promoting School-Linked Service Integration.
This paper analyzes the potential of a specific public policy tool to further principles of programs devoted exclusively to the Integration of Education and Human Services (IEHS). Section 1 describes the nature of the problem in establishing the need for IEHS. Section 2 describes policy tools currently used to implement IEHS, introducing the concept of "idea-based instruments," or "idea tools" as described by Janet Weiss (1990). It identifies existing IEHS policy tools that can be considered idea-based instruments and argues that these instruments must be part of any policy tool kit used to implement IEHS. The third section explores how local policymakers operationalize idea tools at the community level. It presents findings from interviews conducted with professionals active in implementing IEHS practices. Conclusions and directions for further research are offered in section 4. The study found that: (1) idea tools may be critical in translating IEHS policies into systemic reform; (2) ideas travel laterally and vertically; (3) professionals in the Northwest United States are using a wide variety of idea tools--convening stakeholders, sponsoring conferences, and designing marketing plans; and (4) idea tools may work best in conjunction with other policy tools. Appendices contain names of the 7 focus group participants and 14 interviewees, the interview questions, and examples of IEHS models. (Contains 27 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.