Where Should I Begin With Policy Development Research?
Policy development research begins with clearly defining the problem that a government agency or stakeholder group is interested in solving. FSG is experienced in several improvement science methods (such as driver diagrams) used to create a system map illustrating complex relationships between inputs and outputs. By capturing the role organizational procedure, state law and current practice plays in influencing the continuation of an existing problem, clients can better identify potential policy solutions. From there, FSG evaluates those potential interventions by conducting literature searches, reviewing examples of similar initiatives from other states or municipalities, and garnering stakeholder input by facilitating focus groups. Potential policy solutions are identified, including literature searches and review of examples of similar policy initiatives from other states or municipalities, and stakeholder input. We pay particular attention to assessing whether policy interventions in existence elsewhere have achieved measurable outcomes. Legal advice is sought as appropriate.