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Our glossary helps you understand the terms (issues, process stages, actors, ratings and keywords) used in our surveys. Please choose a term from the drop down menu.

Idea

Under ideas we collect new and newly raised approaches for health policy change, any idea for reform voiced or discussed in different fora (e.g. research institutions, professional/providers? groups, advisory councils, consumer organizations, supra-national agencies, others). Idea also means ?early stage?, any idea floating but not anywhere near a more formal inception stage. For our first survey, we have widened this notion to capture (1) ideas that have only recently surfaced and (2) ideas which have been in the pipeline for some time (retrospective view). This means that the reporting period of the first survey is not restricted to the past six months. That way, we establish a ?stock of health policy ideas-in-development?, facilitating the observation of ideas appearing and disappearing through time and ?space?(i.e. medical savings accounts in the Australian health policy debate; Primary Care Trusts in the UK, ....).

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Pilot

More than ideas, the term "pilot" is defined here for concretisations of health policy ideas or approaches developed previously (e.g. pilot projects at local level, within institutions, ?best practice?). Sponsorers of pilot projects or innovations can be the institutions already mentioned under "ideas" or regional or local health authorities (i.e. health card in Euregios).

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Policy Paper

By policy paper / health policy statement we mean any formal written document short of a draft bill: Place a mark here for any health policy paper or programme, health plan, health goals or similar issued for the policy here described in the past six months. Acceptance of idea within relevant professional community and/or (governmental) policy paper at central or regional level

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Legislation

Perhaps the most complex and fascinating of all stages, this category covers all steps of the legislation process - from the formal introduction of a draft bill/proposed legislation through parliamentary / congress hearings, driving forces, the influence of professional lobbyism in the process, up to the the effective enactment or rejection of the proposal. As much as we observe ideas from the moment they surface through different stages of progress or abandonment, we want to capture and understand why and how a proposed legislation succeeds or fails.

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Implementation

Adoption or Implementation is about all stages and measures steps taken towards adoption and implementation of a policy at both legal and professional levels: i.e., secondary legislation/regulations, accreditation requirements, formulation and adaption of professional or organizational standards, influence of private sector/market/industry in the adoption process. The adoption of an idea or policy does not necessary result from legislation, it may well follow from innovations or best practice as described in earlier process stages with no preceeding legislation.

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Evaluation

Evaluation of change ? acceptance or failure?

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Change

Abandonment or further change.

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