Topic: No Child Left Behind: Social Policy Analysis


For this assignment, you will examine a social policy at the local, state or federal level by the legislative, executive, or judicial branch of government. The policy may be addressing a social issue that directly or indirectly affects the clients served by your field placement, agency of employment, your community, or who you plan to work with after graduation. Drawing from class materials and external sources, write an 8-10 page policy analysis (double-spaced, 12 point font, with 1” margins).

Your paper should address the following:
1. Describe the social issue and identify the population-at-risk. Summarize existing research on this social issue.

2. Describe the social policy, answering the following questions:
a. What kinds of benefits are offered?
b. What are the bases of social allocation?
c. How are the benefits to be delivered?
d. How are the benefits financed?

3. What is the historical context of the policy? How did the social issue come to the attention of policymakers? Who were/are the key actors who made the issue “legitimate” and mobilized support for or against the policy? Briefly describe previous policy attempts to address this issue.

4. What is the purpose/goal of the social policy? What assumptions about problem causation underlie the policy’s approach to the identified social issue?

5. What are the effects of this social policy? Summarize any existing research or evaluation. Assess how the social policy impacts the delivery of and/or access to social services.

6. Assess the policy in terms of its:
a. Horizontal and Vertical Adequacy
b. Individual and Social Equity
c. Inclusiveness of Coverage

7. What policy alternatives have been considered regarding this social policy? For example, have there been proposed changes to its scope, key components, means of implementation, cost, among others? Briefly explain how these alternatives may reflect different assumptions about the social issue or change the effects on the population at risk.
8. Based on your analysis of this social policy, including existing research and evidence, what are your recommendations? Do you recommend it as currently implemented? Would you suggest modifications, and if so which ones? How would you improve it?

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