There are these things called “policies”. This is a term that loosely means “the rules we should follow”.

If you’re a nurse, you should wash your hands after working with a patient. If you’re a teacher, you will do X-Y-Z for tests when you have a student who is dyslexic in your class. If you wish to build a bridge, you must get an environmental assessment done to measure the impact of your project on the surrounding ecosystem. These are “policies”. Sometimes they are formally written up in legal documents. Sometimes, as in “clean up your dishes when you are done with them”, they are evidenced only by a note on the fridge in the staff lounge.

There is movement in the research world to ensure that more formalized policies are not only developed, but also dynamically evaluated, leading to such models as this one, the classic policy cycle:

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I have a bit of a beef with the presentation of models like this one. I find it too dense, all nouns and academic-y jargon, which I have talked about in a previous post fittingly titled Reading Academic-y Jargon.

And I am presumably an academic yet still find this dense. I need a second to process the words and phrases, analyze their meaning, and create examples or definitions in more common language in my head as I read.

Why do we add this degree of obtrusion?

I would like to appeal to the academic masses to please label models and flow charts such as this one with more digestible language and a clear point to each stage.

I have adapted the above to something that makes more sense to me:

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Is it too unofficial? It is certainly a slight simplification but do we not need to read further into the assigned labels anyway for clarification? Does the de-abstraction cause it to lose some of its officious academic appeal?

I prefer to think not but feel free to judge for yourself.

 

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