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Health Policy Analysis

SKU# 9780826119230

Framework and Tools for Success

Author: John Seavey MPH, PhD, Robert Mc Grath PhD, Semra Aytur PhD, MPH

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This is the only resource to provide a step-by-step framework and expert guidance for preparing a policy analysis final paper or a capstone project for courses in health policy and health policy analysis. Building on a blend of theory and political considerations for creating a successful policy analysis, the text guides students through the process of building an analysis that encompasses policy background, issue statement, normative and stakeholder analysis, criteria for success, systematic review of policy options, recommendations, and a strategy for adoption. To illustrate each step of the process, the text traces the development of a policy on childhood obesity, the framework of which is directly applicable to a broad spectrum of policy analysis projects.

The text explains why each component of the health policy analysis framework is important and includes concrete guidance for obtaining resources and requisite tools for completing each task. It emphasizes the need for both objective research and the ability to understand the perspectives of stakeholders as well as the potential strengths, weaknesses, and biases of various sources. The book underscores the importance of considering alternatives in making policy recommendation a reality. Additionally, it focuses on understanding political realities and policy process to successfully navigate the system. Breakout boxes feature state-of-the-art examples to demonstrate the framework's application. The book also includes chapter summaries to reinforce the material and questions to spur further thought. The authors are health professionals connected nationally to relevant groups (e.g., AUPHA, APHA, Robert Wood Johnson, and environmental health policy groups), and have extensive networks in practice and academia.

Key Features:

  • Builds on a blend of theory and political considerations to create a successful policy analysis
  • Provides a step-by-step framework for constructing a health policy analysis with real world application
  • Integrates a variety of disciplines into the policy analysis
  • Traces the development of a policy on childhood obesity to illustrate each step of the process
  • Offers viable solutions to questions and issues students struggle with while preparing their analysis

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 27, 2014
  • Page Count 234
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826119230
  • EISBN 9780826119247

Table of Contents 

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1. Health Policy Analysis 1

Politics and Policy 1

The Policy-Making Process 3

Health and Health Policy 5

Health Policy Analysis 6

Evidence-Based Health Policy 8

Effectiveness 8

Efficiency 12

Allocative and Production Efficiency 13

Types of Efficiency Studies 14

Equity 16

Integrative Frameworks 17

National Efforts of Health Policy Analysis 20

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality 21

Congressional Budget Office 22

Government Accountability Office 22

The Institute of Medicine 23

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute 23

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 24

Private Policy Research Institutes 25

Data 26

Analytical Studies 34

Health Policy Analysis 37

Summary 38

Some Things to Remember 39

Key Words 40

2. Mechanics 41

Table of Contents 42

Executive Summary 43

Definitions/Abbreviations 45

Other Appendices 49

Summary 49

Some Things to Remember 50

Key Words 50

3. Policy Background 51

History 51

The Obesity Issue 56

Policy Significance 59

Legal Authority/Flexibility 62

Model Programs/Policies 65

Relationships to Other Policy Issues 69

Policy Agenda 71

Summary 73

Some Things to Remember 74

Key Words 75

4. Statement of Policy Issue 77

Policy Issue Statement 77

What Does a Policy Issue Statement Look Like? 83

Summary 86

Some Things to Remember 87

Key Words 87

5. Normative Values and Stakeholder Analysis 89

The Role of Values 89

Stakeholder Analysis 104

Summary 112

Some Things to Remember 113

Key Words 113

6. Criteria for Success 115

Definition of Success 116

Measurement 122

Summary 127

Some Things to Remember 128

Key Words 128

7. Systematic Review of Policy Options 129

Incrementalism 129

Evidence 132

Peer-Reviewed Literature 138

Grey Literature 143

Interviews and Focus Groups 153

When to Call it Quits 156

Summary 158

Some Things to Remember 158

Key Words 159

8. Recommendation and Strategies 161

Recommendation 161

Strategies 168

Legislative Strategy 168

Administrative Strategies 178

Litigation Strategy 180

Summary 183

Some Things to Remember 186

Key Words 187

References 189

Index 207