Policy Analysis—Section 1: Social Welfare Issue/Policy Selection

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. In your textbook Social Welfare Policy: Responding to a Changing World, read Chapter 6, “Policy Analysis: Tools for Building Evidence-Based Social Policy,” pages 114–120.
  3. Read the Final Project file to see the “big picture” for your project in this course and descriptions of the sections that you will be writing.
  4. Review IWU’s APA 6e Guide on how to cite sources properly.
  5. In a two-page APA-formatted document, write Section 1 of your Policy Analysis, clearly labeling each part. Use the APA Template for Assignments.docx to complete your assignment.
    1. Part 1: Identify a social welfare issue of interest, using the guidelines above to narrow your search.
      1. Why did you choose this issue? If you feel comfortable responding, what personal stories can you share about it?
      2. Research facts and statistics about the issue—what do we know about it?
      3. What are current perceptions of the issue?
    2. Part 2: Research various social welfare policies associated with the issue.
      1. Browse bills in the U.S. Congress at the GovTrack: Social Welfare website. You can narrow your focus by drilling down into five subcategories (disability assistance, national and community service, poverty and welfare assistance, social security and elderly assistance, and social work/volunteer service/charitable organizations).
      2. What past and current policies address the issue? (An option is to create a timeline to show that policies are incremental.)
    3. Part 3: Identify a specific current social welfare policy associated with the issue that you will research throughout the course. Explain how knowing more about this specific social welfare policy relates directly to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  6. Before finalizing your work, ensure that you:
    1. Read the assignment instructions carefully.
    2. Use the spelling and grammar check.
    3. Review APA formatting and citation.
    4. Use APA format for organization, style, and source credits, including:
      1. 12-point, double-spaced Times New Roman font
      2. One-inch margins on all sides
      3. Normal character spacing
      4. In-text citations
      5. Title page and reference page
      6. Properly formatted headings (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
  7. Review the rubric that your instructor will use to evaluate your work. Self-assess your assignment using the rubric and make improvements as needed to meet expectations and ensure that your work fulfills all the requirements.
  8. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself, and submit a copy to your instructor using the Assignment submission page by the end of the workshop.

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