A final 10-12 page critical policy analysis research paper will be written in APA style on a social policy or program of your choice from among the following policy areas:
Your paper will conduct a basic research overview of your chosen social policy area and include a critique of one particular policy or program from within that area of research, using criteria from the textbook and reflecting the perspective from at least one Human Development theory. A minimum of 5 publications will be read and referenced within the paper. Further guidelines and specifications will be provided in class on this assignment.
The final paper is due by 5/14 @ 11:59 PM
RESEARCH PAPER FORMAT (10-12 pages)
Final Paper Format
Title Page & Abstract (2 pages)
The Social Problem Addressed by the Policy (1-2 pages)
Definition of the Problem
Brief History of the Problem
Causes & Consequences
Policy Objectives (2-3 pages)
Stated Goals & Objectives
Ideology Behind the Policy
Targeted Segments of the Population
Critique of the Policy (2-3 pages)
Intended & Unintended Effects
Impacts On Services, Rights, & Statuses
Critique From Human Development Perspective
Alternative Policies (1-2 pages)
What alternative policy would achieve more social justice?
Conclusion (1 pages)
Focus On Specific Policy Program Issues: For example: Head Start program for Public Education, the Individual Mandate for The Affordable Care Act, The Means Test for TANF, the prohibition of Drug/Alcohol testing for Housing First, use of EBT cards at fast food restaurants for SNAP).
Give Examples: Offer clear, real world examples of these policies and programs in action.
Engagement With the Jimenez Text and at least 4 other cited sources.