Social Policy and Social Programs



Use your Social Policy and Social Programs text to complete the following:

Read Chapter 5, “Who Gets What, How Much, Under What Conditions: Analysis of Eligibility Benefits,” pages 80–105.

Use the Capella Library to complete the following:

Schmidt, L., & Sevak, P. (2004). AFDC, SSI, and welfare reform aggressiveness: Caseload reductions versus caseload shifting. Journal of Human Resources, 39(3), 792–812.

Analyzing and Recommending Policy Changes

Assignment Overview

This assignment is meant to guide you through a process that may prove useful to you in the future, as you continue in the social work profession. This assignment also builds on what you have done previously, providing you an opportunity to dive deeper into the complexity of creating empowering and inclusive programs and policies.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following competencies and behaviors:

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice.​

C3.GP.A: Apply their understanding of social, economic, and environmental justice to advocate for human rights at the individual and system levels.​

Related Assignment Criteria:

Explain a program or policy that oppresses, alienates, or discriminates.

Analyze a given policy or program for adequacy, equity, and efficiency.

Explain strategies for addressing identified discriminatory issues in a given policy or program.

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice.​

C5.GP.A: Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services.

C5.GP.B: Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services.

C5.GP.C: Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

Related Assignment Criteria:

Create a persuasive audiovisual presentation targeting policymakers.

Explain a program or policy that oppresses, alienates, or discriminates.

Analyze a given policy or program for adequacy, equity, and efficiency.

Explain strategies for addressing identified discriminatory issues in a given policy or program.

Assignment Description

For this assignment, you will select discriminatory issues within a program or policy, analyze that program or policy, explain strategies to address the issues, and recommend improvements. Keeping in mind that policy change does not happen in a vacuum, you will also format these recommendations as an audiovisual presentation for policymakers, clearly presenting the case for your chosen improvements.

Assignment Instructions

For this assignment, complete the following:

Select and explain a program or policy that you believe oppresses, alienates, or discriminates and explain why you think this is the case. Use your current knowledge and skills in regards to program and policy evaluation as well the approach to evaluation that Chambers and Bonk (2013) employ in your text.

Analyze the program or policy that you have selected by applying the three evaluation criteria, adequacy, equity, and efficiency, from Chambers and Bonk (2013).

Recommend improvements or enhancements to the program or policy, converting it to a policy or program meant to create privilege and/or power.

Create an audiovisual presentation designed to influence those in power to consider changing the program or policy. The final format of this presentation is up to you, but a straightforward approach would be to create a PowerPoint presentation, enable the record function, and narrate through the presentation as if you were delivering it live.

To prepare for the narration, it is helpful to write a script or notes and use them as a guide when recording. Include these talking points in the Notes section of the corresponding slides of the presentation. This will also ensure that, in case there are any problems with your recording, the information of the narration is still accessible.

For your audio recording, you may use the options under the Audio button within PowerPoint, Adobe Connect, or other method of recording that is available to you. When submitting your assignment for grading, be certain that all necessary files are attached in the assignment area: your paper, your PowerPoint presentation, and the file or link for the audio recording if you did not use the recording feature in PowerPoint.

If you cannot complete the audio portion of your assignment, please contact the instructor for an alternative.

Utilize the links in the Resources to assist you with creating an effective presentation.

Note: If you require the use of assistive technology or alternative communication methods to participate in this activity, please contact Disability Services to request accommodations.


Chambers, D. E., & Bonk, J. F. (2013). Social policy and social programs: A method for the practical public policy analyst (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Submission Requirements

The assignment you submit is expected to meet the following requirements:

Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards.

Length of paper: Substantial talking points on each slide.

Length of PowerPoint Presentation: A minimum of 10 slides.

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