Purpose of this Repository
From Aaron Smith-Walter
This guide has been designed as a knowledge-based repository in support of the newly emerging theory of the public policy process, called the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF). The NPF emerged as a concrete approach in 2010. The approach is growing, however, and as with any growing paradigm, the issue of conceptual and methodological drift is one that current researchers are interested in proactively addressing. At the Midwest Political Science Conference scholars working in the NPF expressed an interest in creating an online repository for data, codebooks, interview protocols, and other research materials used by NPF researchers in an effort to make these items available to potential students and researchers of the NPF in a more centralized location. In addition, the guide contains pages identifying substantive policy areas where NPF studies have been conducted, with links to the relevant articles and the authors.