The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 35–45 | Cite as

Public Policymaking and Research Information

  • Tom Seekins
  • Stephen B. Fawcett
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Abstract

The public policymaking process presents behavior analysts with opportunities to shape public policy and influence decisions that affect the evolution of communities. Although the scientist-advocate’s role in public policymaking has received increased attention, little attention has been given to behavioral analyses of the policymaking context. This paper describes the stages of policymaking, including agenda formation, policy adoption, policy implementation, and policy review. It also analyzes seven types of research information important in agenda formation and policy adoption—information about the dimensions of an issue, number of people affected, relative standing of an issue, interests of those involved, controlling variables, program alternatives, and program acceptability. Methods for communicating research information to policymakers are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Seekins
    • 1
  • Stephen B. Fawcett
    • 2
  1. 1.Research and Training Center on Independent LivingUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human DevelopmentUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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