Hypothesis Testing

        Though some qualitative NPF research has been conducted without testing hypotheses, and instead seeking to “articulate expectations or specify theoretical propositions” (Shanahan, Et al., 2018), the majority of NPF research is hypothesis driven.   The hypotheses exist at the micro and meso levels and help in understanding the complexities surrounding the policy process.  An extensive chart of micro and meso level hypotheses, taken from Shanahan, et al. (2018) can be seen below:

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