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Policy Analysis for Social Workers

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.
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
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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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