Assessing Information-based Policy Tools : An Eye-Tracking Laboratory Experiment on Public Information Posters

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Online published11 Jun 2020
Publication statusOnline published - 11 Jun 2020

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Abstract

This article contributes to ongoing debate about the effectiveness of information- based policy tools by evaluating environmental information posters using a novel eye-tracking method to examine viewing behavior. Findings from a multi-method study involving 93 students indicate that: (1) slogans are typically the first thing that subjects fixate on when presented with an information poster, (2) recall of poster content is highest when positive slogans and negative images are included, and (3) posters should be targeted to different audiences for maximum effectiveness. These findings indicate that eye-tracking technologies can be incorporated into designing more effective information-based policy instruments by examining behavior.

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  • Information-based policy tools, information posters, behavioral intentions, eye-tracking experiment, multi-method

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