The Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework was designed by Ostrom and her colleagues from the Ostrom Workshop in 2005 to facilitate analysis of institution processes through which individual and collective choices occur. The IAD framework includes analyzing actors, norms, institutional settings, incentive structures, rules, and more. Social scientists have widely adopted the IAD framework to study institutional arrangements and the emerge and changes of institutions over time. IAD framework divides situations into "action arena", which include "participants" and "action situations". "Participants" are influenced by "Exogenous Variables", making choices within existing "rules", and engaging in “interactions”. Both the Exogenous Variables and “participants” interactions result in outcomes, which are evaluated by the “participants”. Such evaluation influences other components in the framework.
McGinnis, M. D. (2013) How to Use The IAD Framework: An Application to Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons
Ostrom, E. (2009). Understanding institutional diversity. Princeton university press.
McGinnis, M. D. (2011). An introduction to IAD and the language of the Ostrom workshop: a simple guide to a complex framework. Policy Studies Journal, 39(1), 169-183. https://mcginnis.pages.iu.edu/iad_guide.pdf (revised 9/21/2020)
Broad overviews of the Workshop's polycentric research program
- Reflections on Fifty Papers from the Ostrom Workshop: A View from the Turn of the Millennium
- Elinor Ostrom and the Bloomington School of Political Economy, introduction
Undergrad Teaching Slides
Insitutional Analysis Framework, Spring 2020 by Gwen Arnold
- 2 classes
- geared towards upper-division undergrads
- each class is 80-minutes
Intro to Political Theory, Spring 2020 by William Blomquist
- 3 classes
- learning about action situations and action arenas using Elinor Ostrom's 1985 Public Choice Society presidential address ("An Agenda for the Study of Institutions")