PSC524 URI Constructing Policy Alternatives Assignment

PSC 524 Seminar in Public Policy Problems

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So far you have articulated a policy problem to analyze, and have begun assembling the evidence that pertains to that issue. Now you are being asked to develop policy alternatives, or “policy options,” for addressing the issue. Bardach suggests “Mak[ing] a list of alternatives you might wish to consider in the course of your analysis” and in the end seriously assessing two or three main alternatives (p. 17). While the first assignment required you to identify a handful of alternatives, this assignment is designed to help you examine the alternatives that are available to you more comprehensively. In order to formulate alternatives, your first step is to determine if there is already anything out there that is already being considered. If so, make sure that those alternatives are included in your menu of policy options. Bardach notes that other alternatives “may include prominent people’s pet ideas, institutions’ inventories of ‘off-the-shelf’ proposals that simply await a window of opportunity, and prepackaged proposals that political ideologues are perennially advocating” (p. 17). You may also need to design your own alternatives, which Bardach covers in pp. 24-31. Once you have collected some viable alternatives, Bardach goes on to suggest trying to summarize the alternative in a simple phrase that emphasizes how it will be implemented or financed. Once you have identified your policy alternatives, now it is time to fully articulate how those policy alternatives are meant to address your problem and to lay out the various costs and benefits of each of the policy alternatives. Your exercise should take the following format:

Policy Alternative 1: [List your alternative here in one phrase or sentence all in Bold Type] Paragraph 1: Describe the policy alternative in some detail while making sure to be clear how the policy alternative addresses the policy problem that you articulated at the beginning of the semester. Describe how the policy alternative will be implemented or financed. Assess the political feasibility of this approach by describing if it will require passage of legislation, a change in an administrative rule, or approval from some type of authoritative public body. Paragraph 2: Describe the anticipated financial, public health, economic, political, or efficiency-related benefits of the policy alternative that you are proposing. Paragraph 3: Describe the anticipated financial, public health, economic, political, or efficiency-related costs of the policy alternative that you are proposing.


Policy Alternative 2: [List your alternative here in one phrase or sentence all in Bold Type] Paragraph 1: Describe the policy alternative in some detail while making sure to be clear how the policy alternative addresses the policy problem that you articulated at the beginning of the semester. Describe how the policy alternative will be implemented or financed. Assess the political feasibility of this approach by describing if it will require passage of legislation, a change in an administrative rule, or approval from some type of authoritative public body. Paragraph 2: Describe the anticipated financial, public health, economic, political, or efficiency-related benefits of the policy alternative that you are proposing. Paragraph 3: Describe the anticipated financial, public health, economic, political, or efficiency-related costs of the policy alternative that you are proposing.


Policy Alternative 3: [List your alternative here in one phrase or sentence all in Bold Type] Paragraph 1: Describe the policy alternative in some detail while making sure to be clear how the policy alternative addresses the policy problem that you articulated at the beginning of the semester. Describe how the policy alternative will be implemented or financed. Assess the political feasibility of this approach by describing if it will require passage of legislation, a change in an administrative rule, or approval from some type of authoritative public body. Paragraph 2: Describe the anticipated financial, public health, economic, political, or efficiency-related benefits of the policy alternative that you are proposing. Paragraph 3: Describe the anticipated financial, public health, economic, political, or efficiency-related costs of the policy alternative that you are proposing. Once you have finished this part of the exercise, you should begin thinking about which of the various options are superior to the others. In order to do this, you need to choose evaluative criteria that can be used to choose among the various alternatives that have been articulated (see Bardach beginning on p. 31). The final policy analysis assignment will require you to choose an alternative on the basis of the criterion you have chosen.


Formatting and Additional Requirements • Your Policy Alternative Exercise should follow closely the structure that is described above. • This exercise should be very free of grammatical errors and should be effectively written. • Your submitted manuscript should be consistent with the university’s standards for academic honesty. • Your exercise should have 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point Times New Roman or Cambria font, left-justified, page numbers, APA citation style, and double-spaced. • Your exercise is due April 10 by 11:55pm and should be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document via Sakai Assignments (5% off if turned in later; 10% off for each additional day).





 

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