POLICY TEAM ASSIGNMENT

The primary function of the policy group is to study social problems and analyze existing policies designed to solve them. This policy analysis involves several steps: (1) gather data, (2) analyzing existing information through research; and (3) uncovering social problem origins leading to the formulation of policy; and (4) evaluating whether the solution worked and why or why not.

TEAM PROCESS/STRUCTURE

  1. Develop a methodology, and a roadmap for completing the research and overall assignment. “You get what you design for.”
  2. Organize your research journey with a strategy (see the reference librarian for help)
  3. Put your findings into your chapter breakdowns as you find them, this is not always according to the steps in your research journey.
  4. Use subcategories based on the grading rubric as additional means of categorizing your findings.
    1. What effects does the policy have on the targeted problem?
      1. Supplement text with creative graphs, tables or charts
    1. What are the unintended effects of this policy?
    1. What are the effects of this policy on different groups?
      1. Supplement text with creative graphs, tables or charts
    1. What is the financial cost of this policy?
      1. Evaluate your options by balancing out their costs and benefits
    1. Is this policy technically feasible?
      1. Consider economic, administrative, technical, and/or political feasibility
    1. Do the relevant stakeholders view the policy as acceptable?
      1. Discuss alternatives, counterarguments, or tradeoffs whenever relevant
  5. Cut out all material that isn’t relevant to your major findings.
  6. Support all major assertions with evidence: quantitative data, quotations, examples, and references, etc. (creative graphs, tables or charts)
  7. Anticipate your reader’s probable questions, concerns, and objections, and address them directly
  8. Distill and group information into bullet points with appropriate headings
  9. Never use two words when one will do
  10. For easy skimming, use subheads and/or boldface to summarize key points

GETTING STARTED – ROADMAP AND RESEARCH JOURNEY

Narrow the broad category of interest (below) and then narrow again and again…  until you reach specific federal   legislation, a bill/statute that you will analyze.

Explore these topics and break them down into specific areas of study that you find exciting, and you can imagine getting involved in advocacy efforts to improve the social problems addressed by this policy.

This Saturday be prepared for an orientation to Library Services. There is a specific guide for Social Work: Public Policy. Start with your top 2 priorities (see next page) and in each link below explore the topic and select at least 1 historic or current example of a federal statute/bill for discussion in class. Also, go to the link  Social Work: Public Policy and explore your research ideas. If you want to change your priorities, go right ahead.

  1. Behavioral (SUD & MH)
  2. Child Abuse/Child Welfare
  3. Disabilities
  4. Economics
  5. Immigration
  6. Justice/Policing
  7. LGBTQ Policy
  8. Women’s Rights

Bring your computer/tablet with earphones.  Our orientation will most likely on Zoom.

PRELIMINARY PRIORITY SETTING

Student1st Choice                    2nd Choice3rd Choice
Tatyana   
KanielysDisabilitiesChild AbuseImmigration
YessicaImmigrationChild WelfareJustice/Policing
LeroyImmigrationBehavioral (SUD & MH)Economics
GracielaWomen’s RightsImmigration 
DylanaWomen’s RightsLGBTQ PolicyChild Welfare

POLICY TEAM ASSIGNMENT

The primary function of the policy group is to study social problems and analyze existing policies designed to solve them. This policy analysis involves several steps: (1) gather data, (2) analyzing existing information through research; and (3) uncovering social problem origins leading to the formulation of policy; and (4) evaluating whether the solution worked and why or why not.

TEAM PROCESS/STRUCTURE

  1. Develop a methodology, and a roadmap for completing the research and overall assignment. “You get what you design for.”
  2. Organize your research journey with a strategy (see the reference librarian for help)
  3. Put your findings into your chapter breakdowns as you find them, this is not always according to the steps in your research journey.
  4. Use subcategories based on the grading rubric as additional means of categorizing your findings.
    1. What effects does the policy have on the targeted problem?
      1. Supplement text with creative graphs, tables or charts
    1. What are the unintended effects of this policy?
    1. What are the effects of this policy on different groups?
      1. Supplement text with creative graphs, tables or charts
    1. What is the financial cost of this policy?
      1. Evaluate your options by balancing out their costs and benefits
    1. Is this policy technically feasible?
      1. Consider economic, administrative, technical, and/or political feasibility
    1. Do the relevant stakeholders view the policy as acceptable?
      1. Discuss alternatives, counterarguments, or tradeoffs whenever relevant
  5. Cut out all material that isn’t relevant to your major findings.
  6. Support all major assertions with evidence: quantitative data, quotations, examples, and references, etc. (creative graphs, tables or charts)
  7. Anticipate your reader’s probable questions, concerns, and objections, and address them directly
  8. Distill and group information into bullet points with appropriate headings
  9. Never use two words when one will do
  10. For easy skimming, use subheads and/or boldface to summarize key points

GETTING STARTED – ROADMAP AND RESEARCH JOURNEY

Narrow the broad category of interest (below) and then narrow again and again…  until you reach specific federal   legislation, a bill/statute that you will analyze.

Explore these topics and break them down into specific areas of study that you find exciting, and you can imagine getting involved in advocacy efforts to improve the social problems addressed by this policy.

This Saturday be prepared for an orientation to Library Services. There is a specific guide for Social Work: Public Policy. Start with your top 2 priorities (see next page) and in each link below explore the topic and select at least 1 historic or current example of a federal statute/bill for discussion in class. Also, go to the link  Social Work: Public Policy and explore your research ideas. If you want to change your priorities, go right ahead.

  1. Behavioral (SUD & MH)
  2. Child Abuse/Child Welfare
  3. Disabilities
  4. Economics
  5. Immigration
  6. Justice/Policing
  7. LGBTQ Policy
  8. Women’s Rights

Bring your computer/tablet with earphones.  Our orientation will most likely on Zoom.

PRELIMINARY PRIORITY SETTING

Student1st Choice                    2nd Choice3rd Choice
Tatyana   
KanielysDisabilitiesChild AbuseImmigration
YessicaImmigrationChild WelfareJustice/Policing
LeroyImmigrationBehavioral (SUD & MH)Economics
GracielaWomen’s RightsImmigration 
DylanaWomen’s RightsLGBTQ PolicyChild Welfare