Project #27157 - Final


Poppendeick, J.E. (1995). Hunger: Typification and response. In Jeffrey Sobel and 

        Donna Mauer, Eating Agendas: Food and Nutrition as a Social Problem, NY: 

        Adline De Gruyter.


Final assignment: Policy Analysis

Your final must be typed and at least 7-10 pages long. Please number all questions. Citations and reference list [APA style] must be included.


In this assignment, the unit of analysis is a social policy, not a social problem.


****Important : Please note that ALL questions in the outline [see end of syllabus] refer to the policy under analysis. Thus, when answering the first set of questions about the problem, one must look to the policy to answer them. That is, how did the policy frame and define the problem? What did the policy claim was the extent of the problem ? Which related social values or ideology guided the policy ; the strict father family [conservative] or nurturant parent [liberal] ?


Integrate book, journal, newspaper, online and especially think tank sources if possible (see list for some related online sites).


1)    Question 1 requires the completion of an outline. From the matrix completed for the midterm, students will choose any policy, law, or act from the Policy Response or Perceived Solution column and analyze it using the outline provided at the end of this course outline. (40 points). Then answer the following questions.

2)    What type of approach is this policy [i.e., prevention, provision, rehabilitation, education, deterrence, etc]? Explain. Has this approach been tried before?  (5 points)

3)    Are services under this strategy seen as a right or privilege; short term emergency [residual] or long term planned [institutional] response to need? (5 points)

4)    Briefly evaluate the policy on four of the following criteria. Justify your answer with available data or documentation (5 points each):

  • Adequacy: How fully does the policy meet the goal or resolve the problem for which it was intended?
  • Effectiveness: Is this policy “working” at achieving its intended goals? Why or why not?
  • Equity: How fairly does the policy treat all those to whom it is targeted? Who gains and who loses and in what way? What implications does this policy have for women, children, the disabled, the aged and racially and culturally diverse populations?
  • Efficiency: How well are the resources being spent on this policy/ program in relation to meeting its goals? Who picks up the tab; is it funded privately, publicly or both? How does the funding affect who receives service [equity] and how services are delivered?
  • Feasibility: How doable is carrying out this policy? Just because the policy exists does not mean it can be easily implemented or translated into programs or services. Are there any known implementation problems?
  • Accessibility:  How available or obtainable are the allocated resources or programs created from this policy to clients?
  • Comprehensiveness: How well does the policy address the many different aspects of this problem?


Questions 5 and 6 address course objective 4, 6, and 7:

·      Apply knowledge of the policy process and relevant research findings to formulating and advocating for policy responses that advance social well-being.

·      Engage in collaborative strategies with colleagues and clients for effective policy action.

·      Demonstrate application of NASW’s code of ethics and ethical reasoning to policy analysis and practice.


5) Present day policy advocacy: (15 points)

[This question requires the use of the Internet. Start with, and and then proceed to other blogs, policy sites, think tanks listed earlier.]

Find out what some organizations/ think tanks, blogs are doing to affect policy practice in this area and comment on them in this section. Identify at least 2 organizations, their membership/ leaders, the claims they are making and what strategies they are using to make them to gain public support for their policy. What kind of policies [ideologically] are they advocating for? Do you think they’re doing all they can to reach and mobilize large numbers of people and effectively present their case on what the problem is and what needs to be done?


6)Personal conclusions and recommendations: (15 points)

Based on your policy critique in question 4, what policies do you recommend to address this problem? How would you mobilize affected populations; clients, colleagues, and especially the social work profession to affect policy in this area; e.g., lobbying, networking, community organizing, coalition building, or something else?  If the problem you selected is relatively unrecognized by society, what conditions are needed to get special interest groups and policy makers interested in this issue? What are the driving (e.g., societal awareness) and opposing forces [e.g., social stigmas] you will have to contend with to make this approach feasible? In sum, what are your personal conclusions, evaluation and recommendations for ethical policy intervention as a result of all you’ve learned? 

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