Policymaker Engagement

Reframing Social Issues Before, During, and After an Election: An Essential Guide Our take on framing in 2016. In this national webinar hosted by NonProfit Quarterly, FrameWorks unpacked why candidates' rhetoric and advocates’ framing efforts are two different things.


Learning From Legislators: the Ohio Case Study
This report shares the results from expert interviews of 17 legislators in Ohio. Researchers found that state legislators are constrained by various forces in their environment that make careful attention to the form of communications materials imperative. Communications with this population must be organized around concrete, repeatable explanatory points, if they are to have impacts within and beyond the legislative context. Communications strategies for reaching this population are suggested.

Children in the South Carolina State House: An Analysis of Qualitative Research with Legislators in South Carolina This report shares the results from a series of small group discussions with legislators in South Carolina. Researchers identify three main attitudes that contribute to opposition to early child development legislation and propose new methods for communicating with this population to overcome them.

Children in the Kansas State House: An Analysis of Qualitative Research with Legislators in Kansas This report shares the results from a series of small group discussions with legislators in Kansas. Similar to FrameWorks' research in South Carolina, researchers explore the mindsets that contribute the opposition of early child development legislation and propose new communications methods to overcome them.

The “Acid Bath”: ECD Information in the State Legislative Environment; Findings from Cognitive/Ethnographic Research in Four New England States This report shares the results from expert interviews in New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Interviews were conducted with state-based Representatives, Senators and staffers. This research was designed to help the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child understand the unique needs for communicating with elected officials in state government.

Educating, not Advocating: An Analysis of Qualitative Research; Exploring Public and Policymaker Views of Early Childhood Policy: Arizona Case Study
This report shares the results from a series of focus groups conducted in Arizona. Two focus groups consisted of engaged citizens and the other two focus groups consisted of state-based policymakers. The communications needs for both groups are examined and recommendations for improved strategies are provided.


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  Updated: 10/12/16