policy analysis as described in the Gilbert and Terrell book

Discipline: Sociology

Type of Paper: Creative writing

Academic Level: Undergrad. (yrs 1-2)

Paper Format: APA

Pages: 3 Words: 275


Applying the framework for policy analysis described in the Gilbert and Terrell book, develop and submit a policy brief. A policy brief is (as you may have guessed) “brief” - concise and to the point. It can take many forms, but the general format you are to use is as follows:

1.Describe a problem or issue (preferably the problem or issue you have been addressing in the preceding assignments).

2.Present and describe a few options for dealing with the problem or issue (possibly the policies or programs you identified in your Week 5 Discussion - Choosing a Social Welfare Response).

3.Present and describe your recommendations on the “best” policy or program option.

Your recommendations could involve adjustments in any of the key areas of policy analysis: social allocation (who), social provision (what), social service delivery (how), and/or financing (by what means).

Specifically, your brief should cover the following:

1) Description of the Problem or Issue

·What is the social problem?

·What is the scope of the current problem?

·What is (are) the cause(s) to which the problem is attributed, and what are the problem's most serious consequences?

2) Description of Options for Response

·Present and briefly describe 3-4 possible ways to address the problem you have identified through public policies or programs

oThese could include policy options that have been tried in the United States or elsewhere, but could also include options that have not been previously tried.

oThese could include the policies or programs you identified in your Week 5 Discussion - Choosing a Social Welfare Response.

3) Recommendations

·What option for addressing the identified problem or issue are you recommending (could be a change to an existing policy or program or a new policy or program)?

·In what ways is(are) your proposed response(s) better than both the status quo and other plausible options?

·Forecast how your changes might affect the social work profession.

This link (Links to an external site.) provides a good description of a policy brief.

4) Format

Your policy brief should be 2-3 pages long, single-spaced, and in block paragraph style (please see templates below). As with any paper, all information retrieved from a source should be cited to that source. However, you may use either traditional APA format for your sources or footnotes or endnote