POLICY ANALYSIS (60 points)
This is a group assignment. The instructor will use Moodle to randomly assign groups.
The instructor will also assign each group a topic, but it will be the group’s responsibility
to identify and discuss a policy related to the topic.
It is your responsibility to alert the instructor of any concerns with the group. Each group
member will complete a peer evaluation form and upload in a separate Assignment link.
Points can be deducted (at the discretion of the instructor) for poor peer evaluations. You
should respond to group members’ correspondence within 24 hours. You should start on
this assignment as soon as groups are formed.
Make sure you are:
Using APA format
Turning in an APA title page and reference list
Citing all sources
Not using Wikipedia
Writing a paper that flows and does not indicate that a group wrote the paper
The paper should:
Be between 6-8 pages of text (references, tables, or figures are not included in page limit)
Have a minimum of 8 references (5 of these should come from peer-reviewed journals
and the rest should come from books, government reports, and working papers at
educational institution or think tanks)
Have an Appendix with one table/figure to represent mode of finance
This assignment uses Gilbert & Terrell’s (2013) Dimension of Choice Framework to
analyze a social welfare policy. It involves the description of a current or formally
proposed policy in terms of four “dimensions” of choice: “bases of allocation, types of
provisions, strategies of delivery, and modes of finance” (Gilbert & Terrell, p. 65). Refer
to the text to help you complete this assignment thoroughly. It includes discussions of all
relevant concepts and provides many examples. Incorporating current legislative
involvement pertaining to the policy is strongly suggested.
Required Paper Content (Use the underlined items as subheadings in your paper.)
Identify the policy you are analyzing and the problem it attempts to address. Cite
the formal name and enabling legislation and provide relevant Internet links.
2. Bases of Allocation
a. Is allocation universal or selective?
b. Which social values are reflected: cost effectiveness or social
c. Which theories and assumptions underlie how money and/or services are
3. Types of Provision
a. Which range of provision alternatives are used (cash, in-kind, vouchers)?
b. Which theories and assumptions underlie how services are provided?
4. Delivery Strategies
a. Which delivery strategies are used: public, private (non-profit), faith-
b. Which (if any) strategies are used to promote
i. Coherence and accessibility?
ii. Cost control?
iii. Cultural competency?
c. Which social values, theories and assumptions underlie how services are
5. Modes of Finance
a. What are the sources of funds are used?
b. Are there contributions or fees?
c. Which system of transfer is used?
d. Which types of conditions are imposed (program, financial, beneficiary,
6. Social Work Values and Ethics
a. Provide your own assessment of how this policy reflects or is in conflict
with social work values and ethics. Consider allocation, provision, and
delivery and finance aspects.
One table or figure to represent mode of finance
Covered all points of assignment
• Has subheadings
• Clear understanding and presentation of the four dimensions of
Succinct reporting with minimal grammatical errors 10
References are in APA format 10
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