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Policy Analysis for Social Workers
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Policy Analysis for Social Workers

First Edition

A unique, multi-dimensional approach to policy analysis



November 2013 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A step by step guide for social work students, Policy Analysis for Social Workers, is a comprehensive guide to help students understand the process of policy development and analysis so they can become effective advocates. This book begins by laying the foundation of the purpose of policy and how it it relates to social work values. It also discusses the field of policy studies and helps students understand the various kinds of analysis. The next section highlights criteria on evaluating public policy by helping students understand how to define policy limits and uses and how they will most likely be used. It clearly lays out various criteria (effectiveness, efficiency, equity, political feasibility, social acceptability, administrative and technical feasibility) to help students evaluate policy. In addition, the book will cover how to write up a proposal and how to asses the costs and benefits. Finally, the book will use several examples of actual policy to help students apply the concepts in practice.
 
Introduction
 
Section I. The World of Policy Analysis
 
Chapter 1: Science, Values, and Policy Analysis
 
Chapter 2: The Purpose of Policy Analysis
 
Chapter 3: Approaches to Policy Analysis
 
Section II. Policy as Product
 
Chapter 4: Evaluating Policy Proposals
 
Chapter 5: Matching Policy Proposals to Problems
 
Chapter 6: Costs, Benefits, and Risks
 
Chapter 7: Applying Cost-Benefit Analysis
 
Section III. Policy as Process
 
Chapter 8: Making Policy
 
Chapter 9: Implementing Policy
 
Section IV. Policy as Performance
 
Chapter 10: Approaches to Evaluation
 
Chapter 11: Evaluation, Values, and Theory
 
Epilogue: A Holistic Framework for Policy Analysis
 
Appendix A: CSWE Core Competencies
 
Appendix B: Historical Overview of Policy Analysis and Policy Studies
 
Web Sites & Glossary
 
References
 
Index

I decided to adopt the text given the examples presented in the work and given the focus of the course

Professor Glorimar Caraballo
Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico
April 23, 2015

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