Assignment Overview This assignment builds on the previous components of

 

Assignment Overview

This assignment builds on the previous components of this research project, where you identified a social problem and selected a federal policy that affects it.

Once social workers have located a policy that addresses a social problem, the next step is to analyze the policy’s development and potential impacts. In other words, does the policy resolve or mitigate the issue? Looking at China’s one-child policy, you would want to know whether it is indeed reducing fertility rates. Next, you would want to know if the policy has any unintended consequences that must also be addressed. For example, China’s one-child policy has led to significant labor shortages in the country.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAs and practice behaviors:

  • Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
    • C5.GP.A: Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social service.
      • Related Assignment Criterion:
        • 1. Analyze the development of the chosen policy.
  • Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
    • C5.GP.B: Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the policy with respect to the target population.
        • 3. Evaluate the feasibility of the policy.
  • Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
    • C5.GP.C: Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
      • Related Assignment Criterion:
        • 4. Identify the policy constraints that inhibit the policy from fully addressing the problem for the chosen population.

Assignment Description

In this assignment, you will analyze the federal policy you chose to address your social justice issue, including providing background of the development of the policy and evaluating its effectiveness and feasibility. Remember that the feasibility of a policy relates not only to its economic feasibility, but also to its political and social impact. You will also identify the policy constraints that inhibit the policy from most effectively reaching your targeted population.

Continue to consult Congress.gov, the Government Accountability Office, public policy analysis research and reports, and other peer-reviewed research to support your analysis. Also, use the NASW Code of Ethics Web page to guide your analysis.

 

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