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Influencing Social PolicyApplied Psychology Serving the Public Interest$
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Kenneth I. Maton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989973.001.0001

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Psychologists Working in Intermediary Organizations

Psychologists Working in Intermediary Organizations

(p.99) 4 Psychologists Working in Intermediary Organizations
Influencing Social Policy

Kenneth I. Maton

Oxford University Press

This chapter depicts the policy influence activities of psychologists who work for intermediary organizations. Fourteen psychologists identified their greatest policy success as occurring through such work. The 14 case examples are organized by the type of intermediary organization in which the psychologist worked: professional membership organization; the national academies; research, evaluation, and consulting organizations; and foundations. The case examples highlight the specific methods and skills employed by individual psychologists in these four types of intermediary organizations. Major differences in policy focus and methods exist across the case narratives in the chapter, in part due to fundamental differences in mission and culture across the four types of intermediary organizations. Nonetheless, although particular applications may differ, the core policy skills of relationship-building, communication, research, and strategic analysis are central to effective policy work in each context.

Keywords:   intermediary organizations, case examples, methods, skills, American Psychological Association, National Academies, research, evaluation and consulting organizations, foundations

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