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A Survey of Methods Used to Study the Implementation of Health Policies Within Complex Systems and Environments
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Author(s): Laili Irani, Matthew Hamilton, Mariela Rodriguez, Karen Hardee

Primary Language: English

Date: 5/1/2014


The presence of supportive FP/RH policies is considered an integral component to successful programs. However, much remains to be known about how policies are implemented, especially in a complex political, sociocultural and economic environment. This poster outlines the various methodologies that can be used to study policy implementation, which include descriptive methodologies such as literature reviews and case studies; analytic methodologies such as stakeholder mapping and analysis, cross-sectional surveys and system dynamics; quasi-experimental and experimental studies; studies describing policy implementation within complex adaptive systems, such as, path dependence; and mixed methods as well including focus groups, document analysis and interviews. This poster was presented at the Population Association America conference on May 1, 2014.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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