Critical Assignment- Policy Research Paper

Critical Assignment- Policy Research Paper

Critical Assignment- Policy Research Paper

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Critical Assignment- Policy Research Paper Topic:

Per the U.S. Department of State, more than half the world’s refugees are under the age of 18. Throughout history, children have been in the presence of war and horrific situations that caused their families to flee their home country. What type of policies are in place to protect refugee children?

7 page policy paper/APA format/10 academic resources

Critical Assignment- Policy Research Paper Example of Format:

I. Title Page

II. Introduction

a. Brief introduction of policy

b. Brief statement of purpose of the study.

i. Why did you choose to study this policy?

ii. What is your Christian worldview on this policy?

III. Background of the Policy

a. Theory:

i. Introduce a theory/framework we have covered in this course to explain the policy issue in detail. Use this theory/framework throughout the paper as appropriate. (It may be appropriate to use more than one theory if they work well together.)

b. History:

i. What is the history of the policy issue?

ii. Research and cite relevant news and academic literature

iii. What are the underlying issues/unintended consequences of the current policy?

c. Policy Process Stage:

i. What stage of the policy process (Anderson) is this policy issue currently in?

d. Policy Actors:

i. Who are the relevant political actors in the policy process?

ii. Who are the stakeholders in the outcome of the policy?

iii. Who is/has been affected but does not have a seat at the table?

IV. Alternative Solutions

a. Describe two solutions that have already been proposed as alternatives to your policy

i. What do leading scholars/think tanks say about these two solutions? Cite three sources at minimum for each proposed solution.

V. Policy Recommendations

a. Based on your research and understanding of the above proposed solutions, what do you recommend should be done about this issue?

i. Justify your solution in terms of its impact on the problem.

ii. How will you evaluate the efficacy of your solution?

iii. How is your recommendation politically feasible?

iv. How is your recommendation financially feasible?

b. Cite relevant sources and keep an academic tone.

VI. Summary and Conclusion

VII. Reference Page

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.