ERIC Number: EJ1021032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
A Mixed Methods Approach for Identifying Influence on Public Policy
Weaver-Hightower, Marcus B.
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v8 n2 p115-138 Apr 2014
Fields from political science to critical education policy studies have long explored power relations in policy processes, showing who influences policy agendas, policy creation, and policy implementation. Yet showing particular actors' influence on specific points in a policy text remains a methodological challenge. This article presents a five-stage, embedded mixed methods design for establishing influence on educational policy moving from a policy text outward. I use an example analysis of Australia's policy making on boys' education--the report "Boys: Getting it Right" (2002)--to show how data transformation measures, both quantitizing and qualitizing, within a larger qualitative study helped identify influence. This mixed design, I argue, can be useful in other research contexts, with variations for data availability and researcher resources.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Public Policy, Influences, Politics of Education, Change Agents, Research Methodology, Policy Analysis, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Males, Research Design, Identification, Methods Research, Case Studies, Test Validity, Performance Factors
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Identifiers - Location: Australia