Question for all

Hey everyone,

I am trying to assess learning in states at the state level in response
to HIV onset in the country.  I have a DV that’s composed of speed
and “size” (“scope” might be another ay of putting it) of response,
which I think I’ll interact and call “intensity.”  I’m trying to
assess whether some IV to indicate learning has an effect on this
DV.  I’ve been thinking of using some measure of policy diffusion
(assessed with respect to regionality, level of development, political
similarity, etc.) as the IV indicator here.

Here’s the idea.  To do a quantitative plausibility probe, I need
some IV that can be a reasonable proxy for state learning.  I’ve
been thinking that what I need to do is to measure policy diffusion
through similar countries (regionality, development level, cultural
affinity, etc.).  This works, although it’s hard to say that
policy diffusion is a great indicator of state-organizational learning.

Does anyone out there know of any good quantitative measures others have used to track org learning?

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  1. I’m not sure about org. learning variables, but I’m thinking that you might have number of professionals in a ministry as an indicator. If you were able to have some indicator of institutional development, would that make them more likely to learn earlier/deeper? Part of could be related to what the individuals at the top studied but also where the individuals studied.

    Here are some different indicators:
    # of professionals
    # of officials with advanced training
    # of officials with advanced training outside the country (in a Western country for example)

    Some of it could be about the individuals at the top and the ideological fit between their views and the solution set to the problem. I think Legro’s paper on this might be helpful, though he gets at it from an org. culture perspective. Legro, Jeffrey W. 1997. Which Norms Matter? Revisiting the ‘failure’ of internationalism. International Organization 51 (1):31-63.