This is an assignment worksheet wiki for a social work course in social welfare policy. It includes the instructions, a template and a grading rubric. As the student looks through the example briefs, the student would get a good idea as to how to connect with resources that would yield information and community organizations that could inform a brief. So, by using this webpage, the students will teach themselves how to go about constructing such a meaningful brief. This page is particularly suited for students in New York, Washington D.C., and New Jersey where current briefs are being used in government and nongovernment organizations.
For instructors and students, there are clear assignments for each step of writing the briefs and grading rubrics.
The student will use the materials to develop skills in the development of a policy brief:
-The policy brief’s first section is the goal of the brief.
-The problem section discusses the history of the problem of concern and how it came to be defined as a social problem; the present status of the problem as evidences by reference to published literature; the nature of the populations affected or disproportionately affected by the problem; and the work of organizations currently researching or advocating related to the problem.
-The past policy section, there are subsections on the origins of social policies addressing the problem and on the evolution of these policies over time.
-The current policy section, discusses current law, regulations, rules, funding sources or organizational policies related to the problem. Next the extant social services and social welfare benefits are each given attention. The pros and cons of current policies, including how well they involve prevention of the problem are analyzed.
-The proposed policy section, students are to outline a pending policy proposal (legislation; best practices; regulations) which the brief supports or oppose including specifying the proposed policy; explaining who is proposing it and why; outlining who supports and opposes it and why, and ending with discussion of the pros and cons of the proposed policy, including how well it involves prevention.