Title

Participation and Influence in Federal Child Welfare Policymaking

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Public Child Welfare

Publication Date

2011

Date Added

2022-05-16

Abstract

Very little current empirical evidence exists to guide U.S. child welfare policymaking interventions. This article builds on the knowledge base to determine the factors that best predict a witness' level of influence in federal child welfare policymaking. This content analysis of 150 randomly selected congressional child welfare hearings testimonies from the 10-year period covered by the 106th–110th Congresses (1999–2008) uses a binary logistic regression model. Researchers found that witness affiliation and the Congress in which the witness submitted testimony were significant predictors of a witness' level of influence. The political ideology of Congressional leadership and the committee to which the testimony was submitted were not significantly associated with a witness' level of influence. The article concludes with implications for research and practice.

DOI

10.1080/15548732.2011.566750

Disciplines

Psychology

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