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Public Policy Models and Their Usefulness in Public Health: The Stages Model
This briefing note introduces the stages model in public policy, a model that allows one to present the complex process of public policy development.
Published in October 2013.  Description.  Download   554 K
This briefing note belongs to a series on the various models used in political science to represent public policy development processes. In this document, we look at the “stages model,” a model from the political science literature that allows one to present the complex process of public policy development in a relatively simple manner....

We start by describing the model by looking at each step. We move on to examine how this model can guide public health actors, notably by looking at the types of information that they can contribute at the various stages of the process. We then present the advantages and the limits of this model. Finally, we offer three examples of how the model has been used by researchers to analyze public health issues.

Public Policy Models and Their Usefulness in Public Health: The Stages Model 
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