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PolicyOptions.org

  1. 1. The Bonner Program: Public Policy CBR “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve” A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org
  2. 2. Public Policy CBR: Overview • Context for Public Policy Focus • Strategy I — Issue Briefs • Strategy II — Web Site • Resources www.bonner.org
  3. 3. Public Policy CBR: Types of Questions Plan Decide • Needs & Asset • Model Programs Assessment • Policy Options • Issue Analysis • Resources Evaluate • Program Evaluation Implement • On-Going Data (direct service) Collection www.bonner.org
  4. 4. Public Policy CBR: Types of Questions — Policy Emphasis Plan Decide • Needs & Asset • Model Programs Assessment • Policy Options • Issue Analysis • Resources Evaluate • Program Evaluation Implement • On-Going Data (direct service) Collection www.bonner.org
  5. 5. Public Policy CBR: Research Informs Community Action Direct Service Capacity Action Convening Building Issue Forums & Training & Strategic Working Groups Planning Campus Local Research Issue Briefs PolicyOptions.org website Community- Based Research www.bonner.org
  6. 6. Public Policy CBR: Research Informs Community Action - Policy Focus Direct Service Capacity Action Convening Building Issue Forums & Training & Strategic Working Groups Planning Campus Local Research Issue Briefs PolicyOptions.org website Community- Based Research www.bonner.org
  7. 7. Public Policy CBR: Student Learning — Civic Engagement Knowledge • Public Policy: structure and roles of government, ways to be involved in shaping public policy, and analyzing the implications of governmental policies • Poverty: roots and conditions of poverty, implications, and possible solutions • International perspective and issues: distribution of wealth, health care, environmental concern • Issue-based knowledge: connected to direct service areas, such as of homelessness or hunger or education • Place-based knowledge: connected to the place where the student is serving, such as knowledge of local context, history, economics, politics, and issues • Diversity: understanding of issues of race, class, gender, culture, identity and belonging, and so on www.bonner.org
  8. 8. Public Policy CBR: Civic Engagement Knowledge — Policy Focus • Public Policy: structure and roles of government, ways to be involved in shaping public policy, and analyzing the implications of governmental policies • Poverty: roots and conditions of poverty, implications, and possible solutions • International perspective and issues: distribution of wealth, health care, environmental concern • Issue-based knowledge: connected to direct service areas, such as of homelessness or hunger or education • Place-based knowledge: connected to the place where the student is serving, such as knowledge of local context, history, economics, politics, and issues • Diversity: understanding of issues of race, class, gender, culture, identity and belonging, and so on www.bonner.org
  9. 9. Public Policy CBR: Need for Policy-Related Information • Practioners - Too busy to keep up with information overload - Need practical information in digest form • Policymakers - Need brief, up-to-date, and objective policy analysis • Citizens/Students - Educate and inform - Provide context for community service www.bonner.org
  10. 10. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Fundamental Questions • What is the nature & extent of the problem? • What’s been tried in the past to address it? • What’s being done now? • What are the alternative approaches? www.bonner.org
  11. 11. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Issue Brief Template 1. Goal Statement 2. Scope of the Problem 3. Past Policy 4. Current Policy 5. Policy Options / Program Models 6. Key Organizations, Programs & People 7. Glossary of Terms 8. Bibliography www.bonner.org
  12. 12. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Descriptive Questions 1. Goal Statement 2. Scope of the Problem (needs assessment) 3. Past Policy (legislation, funding & other milestones) 4. Current Policy (legislation, funding & other assets) 5. Policy Options / Program Models 6. Key Organizations, Programs & People 7. Glossary of Terms 8. Bibliography (literature review, websites, etc.) www.bonner.org
  13. 13. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Analytical Question 1. Goal Statement 2. Scope of the Problem 3. Past Policy 4. Current Policy 5. Policy Options / Program Models 6. Key Organizations, Programs & People 7. Glossary of Terms 8. Bibliography www.bonner.org
  14. 14. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Policy Options — Use Planning Tree Format Goal Category Category Category Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 1A Option 1B Option 2A Option 3A Option 3B www.bonner.org
  15. 15. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Policy Options Planning Tree — Example Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Non-Punitive Programs: Punitive Programs: Combination Developmental Socialization Deterrent Socialization Custodial Non-Custodial Punishment: Punishment: Remove from Community Remain in Community www.bonner.org
  16. 16. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Non-Punitive Programs: Punitive Programs: Developmental Combination Deterrent Socialization Socialization Non-Custodial Custodial Punishment: Punishment: Remove from Community Remain in Community Adult Incarceration: Youth Incarceration: Imposition: Sanction: Imprision with Youth Detention Limited Loss of Require a Remedial Adults Ctrs Freedom Action www.bonner.org
  17. 17. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Non-Punitive Punitive Programs: Programs: Combination Deterrent Socialization Developmental Socialization Custodial Non-Custodial Punishment: Punishment: Remove from Community Remain in Community Adult Youth Imposition: Sanction: Incarceration: Incarceration: Limited Loss of Require a Remedial Imprision with Adults Youth Detention Freedom Action www.bonner.org
  18. 18. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Non-Punitive Programs: Punitive Programs: Combination Developmental Socialization Deterrent Socialization Custodial Non-Custodial Punishment: Punishment: Remove from Community Remain in Community Adult Youth Imposition: Sanction: Incarceration: Incarceration: Limited Loss of Require a Remedial Imprision with Adults Youth Detention Freedom Action www.bonner.org
  19. 19. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Non-Punitive Programs: Punitive Programs: Combination Developmental Socialization Deterrent Socialization Custodial Non-Custodial Punishment: Punishment: Remove from Community Remain in Community Adult Youth Imposition: Sanction: Incarceration: Incarceration: Limited Loss of Require a Remedial Imprision with Adults Youth Detention Ctr Freedom Action www.bonner.org
  20. 20. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Indirect Treatment: Direct Treatment: Parent Focus Combination Student Focus In-School Out-of-School Treatment: Treatment: School Supervised Non-School Supervised www.bonner.org
  21. 21. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Indirect Treatment: Direct Treatment: Parent Focus Combination Student Focus Out-of-School In-School Treatment: Treatment: School Supervised Non-School Supervised www.bonner.org
  22. 22. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Example — Treatment of Violence in Schools Informal Treatment: Formal Treatment: Combination: School & Community- Criminal Justice-Based Retributive Justice Based Indirect Treatment: Direct Treatment: Parent Focus Combination Student Focus Out-of-School In-School Treatment: Treatment: School Supervised Non-School Supervised www.bonner.org
  23. 23. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Uses • Planning - Provide access to policy options & program models to support informed decision-making • Issue Forums - Provide background issue briefs to inform community dialogue • Leadership Training - Educate students and others who work on issues www.bonner.org
  24. 24. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: How to Organize • Seek policy topics from public sector partners & advocacy groups, too - Government agencies & part-time state legislatures often don’t have research capacity • Incorporate into class assignment - Graduate or undergraduate students who research particular issue - Receive academic credit and opportunity to publish their research • Develop academic internship with faculty guidance www.bonner.org
  25. 25. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: Collaborative Research — PolicyOptionsWiki.org www.bonner.org
  26. 26. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: PolicyOptionsWiki.org — Hunger Example www.bonner.org
  27. 27. PolicyOptions Issue Briefs: PolicyOptionsWiki.org — Leverages Network Local or state issue briefs incorporate existing policy options research. ISSUE BRIEF Local State National Global Scope of the Problem Past Policy & Milestones Current Policy Policy Options Program Models Key Organizations Glossary of Terms www.bonner.org
  28. 28. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Need for Community Research Portal • Information sources fragmented - Time consuming to find relevant local, state, and national information - No clearinghouse or portal for policy news • Collaborative opportunities missed - Organizations do not know what other organizations are doing • CBR papers not disseminated widely - Broader impact of research not realized www.bonner.org
  29. 29. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Solution — Information Sharing via the Web & Email www.bonner.org
  30. 30. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Content Areas • News - Funding - Reports - Legislation - Meetings - Regulations - People • Research - Policy Options & Issue Briefs - Key Organizations, Programs & People - Data Sources • Resources - Websites - Training Opportunities - Publications www.bonner.org
  31. 31. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Web-Based Database www.bonner.org
  32. 32. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Data Entry Form www.bonner.org
  33. 33. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Web-Based Editorial Management www.bonner.org
  34. 34. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Workflow Publish in... Email News & News Research Reporters Digest Enter (using Policy Collect Options.org Resources Website website) Issue Issue Policy Analysts Briefs Briefs (using wiki) www.bonner.org
  35. 35. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Goal — National Affiliate Network USA Alaska New Jersey Virginia Anchorage, AK Trenton, NJ Lynchburg, VA www.bonner.org
  36. 36. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: National Affiliate Network — Shared Platform Local Sites AK NJ VA CA National Site PolicyOptions.org www.bonner.org
  37. 37. PolicyOptions.org Web Site: Start-Up Steps • Initial Scan - Profile organizations & individuals (local, county, state) as sources of information - Research broadly focused issue briefs to determine scope of the problem, current policies, & programs - If possible, meet and interview key staff • Issue Briefs - Begin with topics selected by community agencies • Daily Scan - Establish process for on-going data input www.bonner.org
  38. 38. Community Based-Research Center: Staffing Model Community-Based Advisory Research Director Board CBR & Policy Maintain local Research PolicyOptions.org website Work Study Students in Graduate School & Bonner CBR/SL Courses Students Students www.bonner.org
  39. 39. PolicyOptions.org: Organizer’s Blog www.bonner.org
  40. 40. Public Policy CBR: Resources • Blog — www.policyoptions.org • Project Management: bonner.grouphub.org • Start-Up Guides on Issue Briefs & Website • Website hosting provided centrally • Networking with other local/state bureaus www.bonner.org

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