SOCW 2363 Policy Brief and Analysis Assignment
You are to prepare a 5-7 page paper (a policy brief and accompanying analysis) for one policy from the list provided to you. This paper should contain the following information: 1) problem description; 2) title and brief description of the policy you have selected that addresses the problem; 3) the goals and objectives of the policy; 4) a description of the benefits and/or services provided under the policy; 5) eligibility rules (be sure to include estimates of those eligible and those receiving services); 6) service delivery system(s); 7) financing; and 8) analysis of the cost-effectiveness and outcomes of the policy. (See Chapin Chapter 5, pp. 185-194, for additional information.)
The policy brief/analysis assignment is worth 30% of your overall course grade and is due by 11:59pm on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The assignment should be prepared as follows: a) 5-7 pages, not including the title or reference pages; b) 1” margins; c) double-spaced; d) 12-point Times New Roman; and e) subheadings (see below). You should primarily use your own words to describe and analyze this policy; however, you may use some short quotes from peer-reviewed literature and federal government policy websites, if cited properly using APA 5th or 6th edition style. Cite all of your sources and place them in the reference page. A good “rule of thumb” is two references per page of text (i.e., roughly 10-14 references, including the policy itself, for this brief).
Students may submit their papers through the Turnitin.com link multiple times up until the due date to make use of the originality reports in revising papers. I highly suggest that students do this to avoid improper paraphrasing (automatic 30-point deduction) and plagiarism (automatic “0” on the paper).
I. Description of the Problem (