Policy Process Hcs/455

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Policy Process Shannon M. Rivera HCS/455 November 15, 2013 Nathan Aish, MPH RSA Policy Process There are four stages in the public policy process. One must identify the problem and the individuals affected, formulate, implement and then evaluate the policy. Modifications will be addressed during the evaluation stage. The legislative stage will also be discussed. These stages must be followed in the proper order for the policy to be completed properly and successful. The stages have a direct impact on one another and are typically referred to as a cycle. When the policy is being evaluated, it may reveal issues within the policy that need to be addressed. Each of these stages will need to be repeated and reviewed. This will ensure that errors and mistakes are reduced or eliminated when implementing policy. Basically, the public policy process is used in stages to ensure the government takes responsibility and responds appropriately on behalf of the public. Although, policy is not black and white, there are many gray areas in need of improvement, regulation and revision to best support our diversities and communities country wide. Thorough examination is critical when identifying and outlining the problem within the public policy process. During the examination of the problem first one must recognize that an issue exists. Study the problem in its entirety by gaining feedback from those directly affected by the problem. Find the root of the problem, what is the cause of the problem. Completing this process in great detail is important for its stability and moving forward throughout the cycle. The next part of this stage relies on the stakeholders. The public must be aware that there is a problem and if not, awareness must be made for the problem to be effectively resolved. The public is always affected by policy and the lack of having policy. When the

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