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SOCIAL WORK

SOCW – 6361 Social Policy: Analysis and Advocacy

Project: Part 2: Putting Social Advocacy Skills into Action

Writing a proposal that functions as a focus of change is a significant part of being a social worker/policy advocate. This is your opportunity to use your advocacy skills to change and improve the lives of others.

In this Assignment, you write a proposal for some form of social advocacy that will seek to change a social, organizational, or legislative policy. The proposal may also involve advocacy for the amelioration of a social problem. The purpose of this assignment is to thoughtfully and thoroughly plan how you will advocate changing a social problem or policy that is of interest to you.

The policy practice/advocacy can take whatever form you wish and can be on any level: agency, community, state, or federal. You will submit a prospectus (3–4 pages) that describes the problem that is being addressed and the expected advocacy activities. You are expected to carry out the activities planned in this proposal and will present on your actions and outcomes in the Week 10 Final Project assignment.

By Day 5 (Note!!! PLEASE WRITE OUT EACH QUESTION BEFORE PROVIDING A RESPONSE. “Please I need an excellent paper”

• Provide a brief synopsis of your social problem and identification of a policy that you submitted in Week 3.

• Describe the social problem or policy you would like to change, and the specific action you plan take to effect change.

Be specific when describing the social problem or policy you would like to change and address the following:

• If you selected a policy, when was the policy enacted, by whom, and for what reason?

• How are you going to work to change the policy/problem (i.e., plan for social advocacy)?

• How will your efforts address the policy/social problem described?

• Is continued policy practice/advocacy needed to make a long-term impact? Why or why not?

The prospectus will need to be well researched and written using APA guidelines. Data should come from at least five sources.

 

.Be sure to support your responses with specific references to the resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references both within the text and on the referencing section. PLEASE ALWAYS INCLUDE THE REQIRED TEXTBOOK as part of the references and if possible some of the REQUIRED READING if applicable. Please always start by referring to THE TEXTBOOK, below.

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK

 

Becoming Effective Policy Advocate 8TH 18

Author: Jansson, Bruce S.

ISBN-13: 978-1-305-94335-3

ISBN-10: 1-305-94335-X

Edition/Copyright: 8TH 18

Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

 

Required Readings

 

SOCW 6361 Webliography

These websites will be required throughout the semester. Become familiar with these websites, especially when doing research for your assignments.

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.

Think Tank and Policy Websites

 

Brookings Institute (https://www.brookings.edu/)

A nonprofit public policy organization that conducts high-quality, independent research and provides innovative and practical recommendations based on that research.

 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (https://www.cbpp.org/)

Conducts research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates. Also develops policy options to alleviate poverty.

 

Center for Law and Social Policy (https://www.clasp.org/)

A national nonprofit working to improve the lives of low-income people.

 

Child Trends (https://www.childtrends.org/)

A nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.

 

Child Welfare League of America (https://www.cwla.org/)

Strives to lead the nation in building public will to ensure safety, permanence, and well-being of children, youth, and their families by advancing public policy, defining and promoting excellence in practice, and delivering superior membership services.

 

Families USA (https://familiesusa.org/)

A national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

 

Finance Project—Economic Success Clearinghouse (http://www.financeproject.org)

Links to resources about effective policies, programs, and financing strategies that help low-income and working poor families.

 

Institute for Research on Poverty (https://www.irp.wisc.edu/)

A center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.

 

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (https://iwpr.org/)

Conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.

 

Mathematica Policy Research (https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/)

Strives to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the provision of information collection and analysis.

 

MDRC (https://www.mdrc.org/)

Created to learn what works in social policy and to make sure that the evidence it produces informs the design and implementation of policies and programs.

 

National Center for Children in Poverty (http://www.nccp.org/)

The nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

 

Urban Institute (https://www.urban.org/)

Conducts nonpartisan economic and social policy research.

 

• Chapter 8, “Placing Policy Proposals in Policy Briefs in the Second, Third, and Fourth Steps of Policy Analysis” (pp. 246-283)

Plummer, S.-B, Makris, S., Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Concentration year.Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

• “Working with Clients with Addictions: The Case of Jose” (pp. 65–68)

• “Working with the Aging: The Case of Iris” (pp. 68–69)

 

Stuart, P. H. (1999). Linking clients and policy: Social work’s distinctive contribution. Social Work, 44(4), 335–347

 

 

Midgley, J., & Livermore, M. M. (Eds.) (2008). The handbook of social policy (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

• Chapter 6: “The Impact of Social Policy” (pp. 83–100) (PDF)

 

Optional Resources

MSW home page

Use this link to access the MSW home page, which provides resources for your social work program.

 

 

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