- Identify a Role for Your Agency in the Policy Process
Implementing policies follows largely the same process as any other violence prevention approach. State and local agencies can support the policy process in several ways, and work in tandem with partners and other sectors.
- State and local agencies funded by CDC are permitted to work directly on policy-related matters. Look for CDC Anti-Lobbying Guidelines in Policy Resources for what activities are allowed or prohibited.
Policies come in many forms—contracts, organizational procedures, local ordinances, and resolutions, for example. Working on policy involves many of the skills that state and local agencies already use. Click on a step in the policy process to see some potential roles for your agency:
- Convene stakeholders
- Share and analyze existing data and support the collection of new data, to identify trends and opportunities
See how San Antonio used evidence and data to build community support for high quality preschool education.
- Research and review current policies and procedures
- Educate stakeholders about strengths and challenges of current policies and procedures
- Analyze and understand policy options
- Review model or existing policies from similar jurisdictions or organizations
- Look for some examples of Policy Databases in Policy Resources to compare policies across jurisdictions and contexts
- Gather stakeholder input on potential policies that address the priority risk and protective factors for violence
- Review recommendations from organizations working on violence prevention
- Conduct an assessment to understand the potential health impacts of a policy option
- Look for information about Health Impact Assessments in Resources
- Provide feedback on potential policy options
- Assess how policies, regulations, rules and restrictions can enable, reinforce, or align with other prevention strategies
Sometimes the best policy solution is to change systems to make existing policies easier to enforce. See how New Jersey did this.
- Review and provide feedback on policy language
- Provide evidence and education to key stakeholders and policymakers
See how Rhode Island framed the message of policy to ensure adoption.
- Provide input on the regulations or procedures to support policies once they are in place
See how Florida developed and adopted organizational policies.
- Provide education and guidance to support policy adoption and implementation
- Educate stakeholders and decision-makers about the policy and its benefits
- Ensure awareness of the policy
- Monitor policy implementation
- Support policy enforcement
See how Connecticut implemented violence prevention policies.
At every step, engage and educate stakeholders
- Identify and connect with decision-makers, partners, groups and community members affected by the policy, in order to gather feedback on the problem and discuss potential policy approaches
- Collaborate with key stakeholders to provide education about policy issues
- Identify stakeholders in other sectors or issue areas who may have an interest in the policy or who are currently working on policy in general
- Connect practitioners to key stakeholders
- Work with private sector partners to raise awareness on the benefits of the policy and/or identify ways to strengthen policies
- Educate the public about existing policies
Evaluate throughout the process
- Assess what works and what doesn’t work throughout the policy process
- Evaluate the implementation and impact of the policy
- Provide feedback based on evaluation results to inform potential changes to implementation, guidance or enforcement
- Share results of the evaluation with key stakeholders
- For more information about evaluating injury prevention policies, review NCIPCs Policy Evaluation Briefs found in the Resource Center.
Policy Efforts: Reduce Violence Across Communities and Beyond