Measuring and Mapping Political Will

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-08-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: O074-002-2015
Amount: $99,727.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD07-T002
Solicitation Number: N/A
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2815 N Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20007
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Principal Investigator
 Traci Becker
 Managing Associate
 (202) 903-3975
Business Contact
 Traci Becker
Title: Managing Associate
Phone: (202) 903-3975
Research Institution
 Jorge Sanguientty
 1700 N. Moore Street
Suite 1720
Arlington, VA, 22209
 (703) 778-3909
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The Sentia Group Team proposed approach applies choice theory to measuring and mapping political, utilizing the Brinkerhoff and Kulibaba taxonomy of components that are empirically observable and quantifiable in continuum scales, with positive and negative values. At the same time, the proposed method is based on observing political will in more than one locus of initiative. Besides the more typical locus on the top decision makers, we propose to observe and measure political will in two groups, councils or assemblies, and stakeholders. We will also measure variance of political will scores across the last two loci of initiative. Our methodological approach, however, is not limited to gauging political will but to interpret its various degrees in the presence of the particular sets of constraints that limit the decision makers' actions independently of their commitment to effect changes. This composite methodology will allow observers to determine whether exogenous interventions to promote desire actions should focus on fostering political will in its various loci of initiative, in relaxing some of the relevant constraints inhibiting actions or a combination of both.

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