Linking Policy Research to Regulatory Decisionmaking: A Workshop Summary,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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One of the major themes explored during the 1975 Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, held April 16-19, 1975 in Warrenton Virginia, was the relationship between policy research and the regulatory process in telecommunications. All too often, researchers bemoan the difficulties in bringing their work to the attention of regulatory commissioners and their staffs. For their part, regulators complain that research is rarely presented in ways that seem relevant to the issues under consideration. How policy research can be better coupled to regulatory decisionmaking was then the subject of this evening workshop session. The FCC and other regulatory agencies need three general kinds of assistance from the research community 1 Help in developing an analytic framework in which to organize and assess the materials submitted by opposing parties on a policy issue 2 Concise, straightforward information on the technical, economic, legal and other concepts that form the basis for a policy decision 3 An outline and analysis of the major policy alternatives available on a particular issue.