Stakeholder Assessment and Strategies

The success of a new or modified public program often is determined by how it affects various decision makers, advocates, taxpayers, and other stakeholders. The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School helps public agencies assess the potential impact of a program’s design and implementation on the many constituencies with an interest in the program, and assists in creating strategies to garner support and deal with resistance.

Drawing on their experience in program design and implementation in Massachusetts, consultants and policy analysts at the Center for Health Law and Economics gather information to evaluate potential stakeholder responses and develop strategies to engage stakeholders for our clients in many states. We credibly present the facts and features of a program design to a wide variety of interested stakeholders. Since programs affect each group in a different way — more often than not, there are multiple groups impacted — we tailor our strategies to each individual party — presenting and collecting information in the manner that will be most useful.

The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School has a variety of resources for assessing stakeholders, such as the following:

  • Briefing legislative members and committee staffers
  • Briefing executive offices and other leaders
  • Working directly with consumer advocates, health care providers, and trade associations
  • Convening and facilitating forums for a variety of interest groups
  • Drafting clear and concise communications materials for stakeholders in government and the community