n Week 2, we explored the policymaking process as a continuous flow of various activities, steps involved in that process, different participants who contribute within each phase, as well as implementation of public policies. We also considered the importance of the different levels and branches of government. Most public policies involve multiple levels of government including the federal government, as well as state and local governments.
Within the context of multiple layers of government interacting with one another, why is it important to involve the target populations (e.g., food stamp recipients, medically underserved people, or homeless people) in the development of implementation and evaluation plans for public policies? How would these individuals become involved in the policymaking process? What determining factors would come into play when deciding whether to provide those services through public or private means?