Evaluate and analyse a chosen policy you are studying using a theory identified in the course and present the results of your analysis in a paper.
A policy analysis paper requires students to research in depth an issue of public concern, in particular in relationship to diversity. It can be an issue of ongoing political debate or an issue that has not yet gained the attention of policy makers. A policy analysis defines the problem or issue at hand, describes its background and provides a balanced assessment of options that policy makers could pursue to resolve the problem.
• A SAMPLE OUTLINE
1. Title: name of paper, prepared by… and for …, date – at top of first page, title and date repeated in header subsequent pages
2. Introduction –summarizing the importance or currency of the issue being analysed and the major question(s) to be addressed in the analysis
3. Context – a short description of the situation, with quantitative information if available.
4. History – a summary of past policy initiatives in the jurisdiction of concern (or others) and their outcomes.
5. Outline Relevant Framework/Method/Theory to analyse Policy – one page analysis of applicable theory
6. Use Relevant theory to analyse chosen policy (major section of paper)
7. Concluded with evaluation and recommendations: Two or three paragraphs