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Introduction to the Policy Change Process

When: April 28, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Edge Hill Shopping Center
43 S DuPont Hwy
Dover, Delaware  19901
United States
Contact: Michele Corkell

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Registration and check-in will begin at 8:30 AM.

Visit Shaping Policy for Health™ Introduction to the Policy Change Process for a description of this course.

Introduction to the Policy Change Process

April 28, 2014

Sponsor:  Delaware Department of Health




8:30 AM


9:00 AM


  • Welcome and introductory activities
  • Review agenda and materials

Background and Context

  • Changing policies, environments, and systems
  • Competency curricula


Assessing and Framing the Policy Problem

Health and social problems need defining and framing to encourage policy solutions. Root causes, evidence, and framing in terms of stakeholder values are part of a successful definition.


BREAK (15 minutes)


Using Policy Analysis Tools

How to choose among potential solutions to a problem? A stakeholder power analysis highlights acceptability and feasibility of solutions. Policy analysis techniques compare estimated impact across itemized criteria, which can help to identify the solution(s) to pursue.


Background on Government Policy Change

  • Structure and processes used


Influencing the Policy Change Process

Advocacy techniques are key to influencing the policy process. Successful planning uses both policy and media advocacy strategies/tactics.

12:00 PM

LUNCH (1 hour)


Implementing Enacted Policies

Once a policy is enacted, a government bureaucracy implements it (e.g., programs, regulations, rules, and budgets). Advocates need to monitor and influence the process to ensure the policy is implemented as intended.


BREAK (15 minutes)



Brief orientation to message framing and media.


BREAK (15 minutes)


Evaluating Policy Interventions

Policy evaluation requires assessment of all campaign stages to provide rapid feedback. Capacity, process, and outcome measures are needed.



  • Additional concepts and tools in Skill-Building workshop series
  • Review and feedback

4:00 PM


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