Summarizing an article – apa style
1. Summary of the articles main thesis or premise basic components/propositions (2 pages)
2. Analysis (2 to 3 sentences each)
i. What policy is being discussed?/Brief description of issue that prompted the policy response.
ii. Discuss the particulars of the policy? In other words what is contained in the legislation?
iii. What are the research questions that the article answers?
iv. How do the researchers answer the questions? This is contained in the methodology section or some equivalent.
v. What are the answers to the questions?
vi. Discuss the stakeholders, organizations, and people who are impacted by the public policy as well as how the different levels of government interact as a result of the legislation (federal, state, and local)?
vii. Does the article fit into an existing theoretical framework? In other words, what theory(ies) does the article address that was discussed in class or in the text?
viii. What are the strengths/weaknesses of the article?
ix. What future implications or policy trends/precedents does the policy set if any in your opinion?
x. What could the researchers have done different?
xi. Contributions to the field of public policy.