Standardized Assignment Policy Analysis Paper_ SW310_ Semester by gegeshandong


									                           Standardized Assignment: Policy Analysis Paper, SW310

Semester                                           Date

Instructor                                         Student Name

Scoring : 1 = not evident, 2 = does not meet expectations, 3 = meets expectations, 4 = exceeds expectations

Competency 2.1.1 A                         Score     Benchmark Comments
A. Advocate for client access to social                  3

C. Demonstrate effective oral and                         3
    written communication in working
    with individuals, groups,
    organizations, communities and

A. Analyze, formulate and advocate                        3
    for policies that advance social

B. Collaborate with colleagues and                        3
    clients for effective policy action.

B. Continuously discover, appraise,                       3
    and attend to changing locales,
    populations, scientific and
    technological developments, and
    emerging societal trends to provide
    relevant services.
                                       SW310 Social Welfare Policy Analysis Paper

This is a departmental Standardized Assignment: This assignment will be placed in your portfolio and used to calculate
scores for competencies at designated points in your education.

You are to locate a piece of State/Federal social welfare legislation. This legislation may be current or recently passed. You
will write a policy analysis of this legislation. (Competency 2.1.8, A is scored for overall performance on the assignment)
Your legislation must address some aspect of social welfare, preferably related to poverty and the delivery of social services
to rural populations. It must be directly related to empowering populations-at-risk.

APA form, 8 to 10 pages (not including references). Shorter papers will lose points based on length.

You must write clear, organized paragraphs using good grammar. Poorly written papers will be returned for revision and
points will be deducted. See the departmental writing standards. (2.1.3 C – competency in writing is specifically assessed

You must use a minimum of 8 references. 5 must be from peer reviewed, scholarly journals in any related field or
government documents. Include a reference list at the end of the paper in APA form.

Outline of the paper (use these for subheadings): Papers without these subheading will lose 10% of the grade.

Description and History of the Legislation
Include a brief, but thorough description of the legislation in your own words (you may attach the text to the back
of the paper as an index). If you are zeroing in on part of a piece of larger legislation describe your subsection of
the bill. Include: Who is sponsoring the bill? What is the history of the bill? Note carefully any historical
changes that have been made to the bill. Where is the bill in the legislative process? If it is an old bill, you may
talk about its history.

Description of the Problem, Population and Context
In this section you must include a brief analysis of the problems and changing contexts that the policy is designed
to address. Contexts may include scientific and technological advances, societal and economic trends, and issues
related to specific locales, especially the rural environment. This section must include a description of the
problem and an analysis of the population affected by the policy. (2.1.9 B) End this section with: how and to what
extent does (will) your bill help the identified population.

Values discussion
How does the bill reflect or not reflect social work values? Be specific.

Political Analysis and feasibility
Who, in the private sector, will win and who will lose - in terms of money, power or other factors - if the bill is
enacted (or not enacted) into law. Who are the people or groups advocating for the bill? Against it? This should
relate directly to our class discussions of economics and power. You may even want to look at such things as
campaign contributions to key legislators. Be sure to include an analysis of likelihood that the bill will be passed.

In this section you are to create an advocacy strategy to promote passage of the bill. Strategies may include
coalition building, letter writing and other methods for influencing legislators. Your strategy should include, but is
not limited to, affected clients, colleagues and other social workers. (2.1.1, A; 2.1.8, B)

 If the requirements of the bill involve funding or other monetary aspects, where will the required revenues come
from? Is there a related bill or a fiscal note that addresses funding? Will changes in existing agencies or other
institutions be required? What will be involved in translating the bill into the real world change?

Summarize your findings.

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