Evidence-Based Policy Making

Public policy consists of federal, state, and local policies, regulations, legislation, programs, and rules that shape the many facets of society and everyday life. Policy provides guidelines for how citizens should participate within a social system. Policy is established in areas including, but not limited to, climate change and the environment, health care, the criminal justice system, energy, tax systems, public health, social services, and K-12 education standards. Examples of applications to communication include an examination of the impact of methods for controlling access to media content, how best to construct media public health campaigns, and determining the best methods for delivering content to students in a classroom. When a problem with the current way of doing things is identified, the role of decision-makers in ...

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