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Overview of Public Health Policy Research
 

Public Policy - 5 Stages

World Health Organization. (2005). Health service planning and policy-making: a toolkit for nurses and midwives.
 

1. Policy Need Identification

   Health Databases
 CINAHL
 QuickSearch


 
 

2. Policy Formation 

Federal New York State
NCLS: National Conference of State Legislatures
Research Foundations


Advocacy Groups
Example: Child Obesity
   AAFP: American Academy of Family Practioners


 
NCLS: National Conference of State Legislatures
Legislative Commissions and Task Forces
Research Foundations

Advocacy Groups
Example: Child Obesity
   NYSASN: New York State Association of School Nurses


 

3. Policy Adoption

Federal New York State
 
  Govtrack.us -- best source for status of legislation
  Thomas -- pay particular attention to Committee Reports
  WestLaw - Federal / Legislative History




 
  New York State Laws -- Find Common Language Name of Law
  New York State House
  New York State Senate
  Legislative Reports
  Legislative Commissions and Task Forces
  WestLaw - New York Statutes and Court Rules



 

4. Policy Implementation

Federal New York State
WestLaw - Law Reviews (select Secondary
                                       Sources)

WestLaw - Federal Register - Rule Proposals
Federal Agencies
  Example: Child Obesity
      Department of Agriculture
      Department of Health and Human Services


 
WestLaw - Law Reviews  (select Secondary
                                        Sources)

WestLaw -  New York Regulations
State Agencies
  Example: Child Obesity
      Department of Health
      Department of Education


 

5. Policy Evaluation

  Health Databases
CINAHL
 QuickSearch
 WestLaw - Law Reviews  (select Secondary
                                       Sources)


"Cite By" Tools 
  • Google Scholar - Use "Cited By" Feature To Follow Up on Law Review and Other Research Articles. Note: Must use library.sage.edu Google Scholar link to access Sage full-text.
  • Westlaw Law Reviews -- "Citing References"
  • ScienceDirect -- "Citing Articles"