In the times of tangled politics, where everything is disputed, it is all the more important to know how decisions are actually made, by whom and under what conditions. Understanding Decisions that Matter provides a step-by-step guide to doing research on public issues. It is free of jargon, and written for students and non-students alike.

It has been tested and used in several university departments, providing graduate students with much needed assistance in developing their research strategies.

It was developed by a Senior Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University, Toronto), with assistance from the law school’s reference librarians and several graduate students.