What Policy Makers Want: A Guide for Evaluators

Date: 1/1997

Author(s): Leslie J. Scallet, JD

Politics or self-interest may outweigh research findings and dictate results. But solid, well supported answers to policy questions can powerfully influence decisions. They can deter outcomes that contradict known fact or experience. They can suggest solutions to policy problems. And they can shape the underlying base of knowledge and understanding about an issue. Many sources inform the policy process and the policymaker. The purpose of this Guide is to help evaluators become more effective informers.

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