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Participatory policy analysis in a social service agency: A case study

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In this article, I identify four types of participatory policy analysis (PPA) that have been proposed to address two alleged failures of traditional policy analysis: that it is antidemocratic and that its positivist framework creates a mistaken view of the analytic task. Then I present a case study of one type of PPA that has received little research attention, organization-stakeholder policy analysis. In the case, I describe how the Georgia Division of Rehabilitation Services used an 11-member policy analysis team, all employees of the organization, to analyze its order of selection policy and present advice to its executive committee. Following the case description, I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this type of PPA and suggest that it should be viewed as a “method of the second type” that may be well suited for addressing some messy or ill-structured policy issues.

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  • Dan Durning, 1993. "Participatory policy analysis in a social service agency: A case study," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(2), pages 297-322.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:12:y:1993:i:2:p:297-322
    DOI: 10.2307/3325237
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    1. Geenhuizen, Marina van & Nijkamp, Peter, 1998. "Regional and urban policy beyond 2000 : new approaches with learning as device," Serie Research Memoranda 0053, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    2. Carol L. McWilliam, 1997. "Using a Participatory Research Process to Make a Difference in Policy on Aging," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 23(s1), pages 70-89, Spring.
    3. Geurts, Jac. L. A. & Joldersma, Cisca, 2001. "Methodology for participatory policy analysis," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 128(2), pages 300-310, January.
    4. Nancy Shulock, 1999. "The paradox of policy analysis: If it is not used, why do we produce so much of it?," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(2), pages 226-244.
    5. Greg Hampton, 2009. "Narrative policy analysis and the integration of public involvement in decision making," Policy Sciences, Springer;Society of Policy Sciences, vol. 42(3), pages 227-242, August.
    6. Louise G. White, 1994. "Policy analysis as discourse," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(3), pages 506-525.
    7. Peter Deleon & Toddi A. Steelman, 2001. "Making public policy programs effective and relevant: The role of the policy sciences," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(1), pages 163-171.
    8. Ya Li, 2015. "Think tank 2.0 for deliberative policy analysis," Policy Sciences, Springer;Society of Policy Sciences, vol. 48(1), pages 25-50, March.
    9. David L. Weimer, 1999. "Comment: Q-method and the isms," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(3), pages 426-429.
    10. Joldersma, Cisca & Roelofs, Ellie, 2004. "The impact of soft OR-methods on problem structuring," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 152(3), pages 696-708, February.

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