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Social Welfare 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy: Assignment: Policy Analysis Paper


Policy Analysis Paper (10-12 pages): Analyze social welfare policies or proposals designed to address a social problem of concern to social work. 

  1. A description of the scope and magnitude of the problem  
  2. A discussion of theories to understand the problem and/or policy debates about the problem
  3. A description of policy alternatives by comparing two policy means/tools at local, state, or federal level
  4. An analysis of two policy means/tools by discussing the four dimensions of program choices AND justifications for your policy choice by using scientific evidence, social and professional values (including human right, social and economic justice), and course concepts
  5. An evaluation of potential impact on the well-being of the target population
  6. References 

Possible Social Problems for Analysis:

  1. Poverty
  2. Unemployment
  3. Food and Nutrition
  4. Housing and Community Development
  5. Health and Affordable Care
  6. Mental Health
  7. Income Support or Services to Older Americans
  8. Child Welfare
  9. Domestic Violence
  10. Discrimination
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