Identify what appears to be the most effective or feasible policy.

The following framework will be used to write the policy analysis paper. The format is derived from your textbook, and is based on criteria from several policy analysis guidelines.

Establish the context, including definition of the problem and specific objectives.
This section should include identification of the problem, the background of the problem including the social, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors; stakeholders or parties who have a stake in the outcome of the policy debate; and the issue statement (usually phrased as a question).
Also include in this section the policy objectives.
Identify an alternative for resolving the issue.
This can be phrased like the sample paper in the book: the do-nothing option, the incremental change option and the major change option. (But only pick two!)
If the policy has been implemented, you can simply describe what was done and what type of an option you think it is. Then, write two of the other three alternative options for resolving the issue.
Project consequences for the identified alternatives. In other words, what are the consequences of the options you chose as the alternatives.
Recommend the optimal solution.
Identify what appears to be the most effective or feasible policy. Is it feasible as it is proposed or is your option in item #2 the best solution?
Consider tradeoffs and costs and any negotiation that may have to take place

A sample paper is in your textbook in Box 7-3 pp. 58-64. The sample is much more involved than what I am asking you to do but it can be a guide for you.

Format:

The paper should follow APA style and include the following:

Title page: include the running head, name of the assignment, student name, date assignment is submitted, course number and title.
Body of the paper: should be double spaced with 1” margins; number pages; use 12 point Times New Roman or Arial font; and use correct heading formats for APA style.
Reference page should follow APA format. Specifically, look at how to cite legislation in APA.
Length should be approximately 15-22 pages. This does not include the title or reference page.

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