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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 services. 2.1.3 C. Demonstrate effective oral and 3 written communication in working with individuals, groups, organizations, communities and colleagues. 2.1.8 A. Analyze, formulate and advocate 3 for policies that advance social well-being. B. Collaborate with colleagues and 3 clients for effective policy action. 2.1.9 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 here) 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. Advocacy 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) Implementation 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? Summary Summarize your findings.
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