I’m studying for my Health & Medical class and need an explanation.
A WebQuest is a matrix report of key organizations, interest groups and advocates relevant to your policy interest. You identify relevant stakeholders from research on websites, social and interactive media sources. It is a unique and important part of the background research for your policy brief and will help you identify individuals, government organizations and personnel to contact for your policy maker interviews (Field Report)
Guiding Questions for WebQuest
- What is the background of the issue? How did the issue come about?
- Who are the relevant stakeholders involved in the issue? Why is it important to them?
- What is each stakeholders’ position on the issue?
- What policy strategies have been used to address the issue (i.e. legislation, regulations, lawsuits)
- Is there a current piece of legislation or regulation under consideration that would address the issue? Who supports it? Who opposes it? Why? (how would it impact them?)
- Research the Web to answer the above guiding questions. Learn as much as possible about the issue (this is fondly referred to in the policy world as “doing your homework”). You may wish to explore relevant websites, journals, newspapers or other media outlets. The information you obtain to complete the matrix will help you to prepare policy brief and testimony assignments.
- As you work, complete this matrix shown in this attachment
- Be sure to look at this example of a completed matrix