Welfare Policy Analysis Assignment

Welfare Policy Analysis Assignment

Welfare Policy Analysis Assignment


competence in social welfare policy analysis Objective: To demonstrate beginning competence in social welfare policy analysis.

Do you see a policy consistently causing difficulty for your clients and their families? Is a policy oppressive to a specific population or community? Analyzing such a policy will give you a framework from which to develop a relevant advocacy campaign to educate, empower, and initiate change.

In this first of two assignments, you will select a currently enacted state or national social welfare policy and write a critical analysis of the policy utilizing the Blau and Abramovitz (2014) policy analysis framework and Gabel (2014) rights-based approach to social policy analysis. Your analysis should include the five key forces identified in the text as shaping social welfare policy: history, economy, politics, ideology, and social movements, as well as human right principles: participation, accountability, nondiscrimination, and equality. The conclusion will summarize strengths and weaknesses of the policy, and offer possible recommendations for policy modification or support for a new bill to fill gaps. (4-5 double-spaced pages in APA style)

The Policy Analysis paper should address the following:

Identification of social issue/problem and social welfare policy (1 page)

Identify and briefly describe a social issue/problem and a state or national social welfare policy designed to address it. Briefly define the policy.

Identify rights violated or compromised by the social issue, using:

International human rights laws and treaties

National/state constitutions, laws, and regulations

Contextualization of social issue/problem and policy

Identify the stakeholders, rights-holders, and duty-bearers and their roles.

Who benefits from the policy as it exists? Who loses?

Analysis of key forces shaping the policy (using Blau & Abramovitz, 2014) (1-2 pages)

History – What is the history of the social problem in the state or US? When and why did it come into the public’s spotlight? Were there any initiatives/policies/programs or parts of such in the past that tried to address this issue? Any key state/US advocates who pushed this issue into the limelight?

Economics – Is this social problem linked with an economic benefit to the oppressors? What is the economic consequence if this social problem is left unaddressed? What financial impact does the policy and its initiatives/programs have on stakeholders/ organizations/community? Does this policy create economic security/stability? How?

Politics – How did government and politicians become involved in the issue? Is this a bipartisan concern and sponsoring of the bill? Talk to democrat/republican thoughts on the issue.

Ideology – What ideology pushed this social problem to the forefront and why? Main ideologies include radical, conservative (economic or social), feminist, and/or liberal.

Social movements – What social movements (however small) helped to create an environment conducive to caring about the problem and actually creating policy on it? It does not need to be a social movement specific to the social problem ~ think to which social movements came before which set the stage.

Analysis of human rights principles addressed (or not) by the social welfare policy (using Gabel, 2014). (1 page)



Nondiscrimination and Equality

Conclusion and Recommendations: (1 page)

Provide a brief review of identified key strengths and weaknesses of the policy from governmental sources, political institutes, advocacy groups, and/or the peer-reviewed literature.

Summarize what you see as potential short-term impacts on the policy and the social problem given the current US administration.

Develop and discuss two recommendations based on your research to resolve the social problem that will further the realization of the human rights principles. Include ideas for policy improvement, new policy creation, support for a current bill in the State Legislature or US Congress designed to strengthen the policy or fill a gap; opposition for a current bill in the State Legislature or US Congress designed to further weaken the policy, etc.

Assignment Policies



Please read all of the information about the assignments below:


The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

Grading Rubric-

The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

Any assignment that is late will have 10% deducted each day it is late. This is a 5- week class. It is imperative that you ask for help if you are having difficulty with an assignment.

You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.