Understanding the Policy Process to Influence Change

Public policies are developed by officials within government institutions to address public issues through the political process.

Policymakers are generally faced with two distinct situations:

  1. In the ideal situation, the policymakers jointly identify a desirable future condition, and then create policies and take actions to move toward that desired future state, monitoring progress to allow for necessary adjustments; or
  2. In a less desirable situation, while unable to reach a consensus regarding a desirable future condition, policymakers try instead to move away from present situations judged as undesirable, even though no consensus exists about the preferred alternative.

Central to a policy-maker’s capacity to understand and construct appropriate policy responses to a hazard is their ability to access and apply specialized forms of knowledge.

To influence policy making, one must understand the policy process
Source: Hatfield Consultants
Hatfield Consultants The World Bank funded by the Canadian POPs Trust Fund through the      
Canadian International Development Agency
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