Public Policy Research

For UBC Students

Are you interested in public policy issues and how research shapes what policy choices are made by our governments?  Stop by Carey Doberstein’s table to learn more about his new study on public policy research.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, Foyer

Do you care about minimum wage policy?  Have you heard of income-splitting tax policy?  Are you interested in how research into these and other issues informs public policy debates and shapes how our political leaders make decisions?

Carey Doberstein, assistant professor of political science, is conducting a research study on how public policy research from various sources — such as academics, think tanks, and advocacy groups — shape our understandings and support for particular public policy choices.

UBC Okanagan students are being enlisted to complete short online survey that asks participants to read brief summaries of policy research from different sources and answer questions regarding their perceptions of the quality, reliability and helpfulness of the policy research.  This is a pilot study in advance of a more comprehensive nation-wide study.

This event is to explain the study and solicit participation. Student participants in the study can complete the 20 minute online survey from anywhere they wish—and on various platforms, including mobile devices — and at any time until March 31. Participating students will receive a link to participate in the online survey via email and all responses will be anonymously collected.

Students will not only benefit from learning about some policy issues in more depth from a variety of sources, but in recognition of volunteering their time all participants will be entered into a draw to receive one of four $25 gift certificates to the UBC Bookstore.