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Figure 4. Policy Analysis Framework (Text Description)

Figure 4 describes the Policy Analysis Framework. It consists of three large arrows pointing to text in a circular configuration and boxes to the left, right, and below the loop of arrows.

The text "Analyzing the Problem" has a large arrow curving above it and to the right and pointing to "Assessing and Selecting Options." A small arrow points to the right to a box containing a bold heading entitled "Criteria Governing Choice" with the bulleted item "What values are at issue ?" beneath it; another bold heading entitled "Options Identification and Assessment," with the bulleted items "What might be done?" and "What are the anticipated outcomes of possible options?" beneath it; and a third bold heading entitled "Options Selected," with the bulleted item "What is the preferred option/mix of options?" beneath it.

Another large arrow extends down and curves to the left to the text "Supporting and Evaluating the Policy Choice." A small arrow points downward toward a box containing a bold heading entitled "Communicate Evidence" and the bulleted items "Who needs to be informed?" and "How can information best be presented?" beneath it; another bold heading entitled "Convey Intent" with the bulleted item "What are program managers expected to do?" beneath it; and a third bold heading entitled "Monitor and Evaluate" with the bulleted items "Does the policy still make sense?" and " Has the option/mix of options worked?" beneath it.

The final large arrow curves back up to "Analyzing the Problem," creating a loop.

Source: Helms WD. Policy Analysis Framework. Presented at: AHRQ Workshop, Using Policy Analysis and Research More Effectively in Decisionmaking; July 29, 2002; Rensselaerville, NY.

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