Hi, I’m Christy King an internal evaluator on PA’s state GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant and a doctoral candidate at Immaculata University.
For my dissertation, I investigated the implementation of emotional support animal policies on college campuses and the resulting staff experiences. After an extensive search for a theoretical framework or lens to view the study through, I stumbled across the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) policy process and policy evaluation which when combined result in this figure as shown in CDC’s Overview of Policy Evaluation.
The top row structured my literature review and the bottom row provided a structure for the research questions as shown in the tables below.
Adapting a theoretical framework to view a study or evaluation through can provide the needed structure to be successful. Without adapting this framework to the topic area, I’m not sure how I would have structured my dissertation. After my defense, the committee members all remarked that when I first discussed my dissertation topic, they were skeptical as to how I might approach the topic. However, the CDC’s policy process, policy evaluation, and the resulting figure, allowed me to structure and focus my dissertation successfully.
For more information about the CDC’s policy evaluation and the included figure, check out these briefs:
- Brief 1: Overview of Policy Evaluation
- Brief 2: Planning for Policy Evaluation
- Brief 3: Evaluating Policy Content
- Brief 4: Evaluating Policy Implementation
- Brief 5: Evaluating Policy Impact
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