Editors: Monica Reid Kerrigan, Rowan University, and Ane Turner Johnson, Rowan University
Abstracts Due: December 1, 2017 • Full Manuscript Due: May 1, 2018
The purpose of this special issue is to provide policy researchers with innovative approaches to inquiry while detailing how to engage with these approaches in order to be practically useful to both the novice and experienced researcher. To that end, we seek a series of articles addressing new approaches or previously un-interrogated approaches to policy research, broken down into the core inquiry processes of data collection, data analysis, data transformation, as well as a broader examination of theoretical frameworks, paradigmatic issues, and collaborative approaches relevant to qualitative public policy research. By attending, comprehensively, to the descriptions of how these innovative approaches are applied to one or two cases, this issue will serve as a resource to researchers seeking new approaches to meet the complex needs of public policy research. We argue that although quantitative research now dominates public policy, there is a need not only for qualitative approaches but also a need to rigorously detail such approaches for broader use. The intention is not to replace quantitative methods; rather, it is to expand the toolbox of available techniques. We are seeking contributions from a range of fields and disciplines that address the following: qualitative approaches to data collection for policy research; data transformation in policy research; theoretical frameworks in qualitative policy analysis; paradigmatic issues in qualitative policy analysis; and collaborative approaches to qualitative policy research.
Manuscripts are expected to be between 5000-8000 words (excluding the reference list) and in a format suitable for publication as a journal article. In contrast to a typical empirical article, these manuscripts will emphasize a thorough discussion of the innovative research design and its application to public policy analysis and research. Akin to a case, the application will illustrate to researchers how the qualitative design is used and the outcomes. Particular emphasis should be given to examples of innovative features in the articles, particularly as each relates to the policy analysis and research knowledge-base.
Information about Abstract Submission
Prospective authors are invited to submit a brief abstract (250-300 words) by December 1, 2017 to the issue editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. The abstract should (a) summarize the method that will be considered and its appropriateness to policy analysis, (b) identify 1-2 empirical examples that will serve as application cases, and (c) address the innovativeness of the approach. Prospective contributors will hear from us by January 15, 2018.