Dana Denise Dyson

University of Michigan - Flint
Political Science / Public Administration

303 E. Kearsley Street
220 David M. French Hall
Flint, MI

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My research encompasses public policy theories, public administration theories, the development and implementation of public policies, education policy, organizational leadership, urban policy, and law and society.

Dyson, D. and K. Schellenberg. Forthcoming. Access to Justice: The Readability of Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Legal Aid Internet Services. Journal of Poverty (JOP).
Abstract: Readability of existing legal-aid websites exceeds the Federal Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and most American’s reading ability. Legal Services Corporation (LSC) supported the development of online legal content to mitigate access barriers to civil legal justice. A t-test analysis, using Flesch-Kincaid readability analyses of 407 text passages in LSC-sponsored websites, showed that websites that claim to follow federal readability standards are easier to read than websites that do not make this claim. The readability of the websites are still beyond the comprehension of many poor Americans with limited education and literacy skills. This underscores a need to develop appropriate readability levels in online websites to improve access to legal aid services for our most vulnerable populations.
Dyson, D. Forthcoming. "Pendulum Swings in Educational Policymaking: A Quantitative Analysis of the Effects of Federal and State Policymaking on Poorer School Districts in Michigan." International Journal of Educational Reform.
Abstract: Reforms in American public education have not resolved the wide academic performance gap between students. Officials respond by developing reforms i.e., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Flexibility Waivers. The Waivers modified the more controversial aspects of NCLB/ESEA, which imposed a strict compliance deadline. This was a difficult task for many and an impossible one for the poorest school districts. Using factor analysis and logistic regression, this study provides a methodology for generating data to explain variation in student performance in Michigan school districts associated with organizational, school, financial, and social characteristics.

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy SECONDARY
Education Policy PRIMARY
Social Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY