Much agricultural policy, and some natural resource policy, is about influencing the behaviour of primary producers. Consequently, successful policy design and implementation requires integrating knowledge about public policy, agricultural systems, economics, producer behaviour and the behaviour of public agencies. Rarely are policy makers skilled in all of these subjects.
The Policy Choice Framework (PCF) was developed as a tool to assist policy makers wishing to influence the behaviour of primary producers. The framework is unique among methods for choosing policy instruments because it includes components to systematically link the choice of policy instruments with predictions of the behaviour of primary producers and government agencies.