Hcs455 Week 3 Policy Process Part 1 Essay

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The Policy Process Part 1 LeTasia Robinson University of Phoenix HCS455 June 18, 2012 Pam Crocker The Policy Process Part 1 Policies are developed because a response needs to be made to the existence of a situation that is perceived to be a problem. The policy process refers to all of the specific decisions and events that are required for a policy to be proposed, considered, and finally either implemented and/or set aside. The policy process is an interactive process with multiple points of access that provides opportunities to influence the multiple decision makers involved in each stage (Abood, 2007). There are several steps involved in the policy making process. This paper will identify the first three steps that are involved in policy making process. These steps are the formulation stage, legislative stage, and the implementation stage. The success of a policy is dependent on whether or not clear goals have been established. If there are multiple objectives then they need to be consistent with one another. The problem needs to be outlined before the process can take way. To outline the problem, they need to ask what issues exist and the problem and its causes must be studied in detail (Goodman, 2012). The answers to these questions help the policy makers to distinguish which policy changes are needed to be made to address the problem, if any. After identifying the problem and studying its details, the new policy may be developed or formulated. This becomes the formulation process. During the formulation process, typically discussions and debates take place between government officials, interest groups, and individual citizens to identify the potential obstacles, to suggest alternative solutions, and to set clear goals and to list the steps that need to be taken to achieve them (Goodman, 2012). The first step of the policy formulation process is

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