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Policy Analysis for Social Workers

ISBN-10: 145220327X
ISBN-13: 9781452203270
Edition: 2014
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.37" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

The World of Polity Analysis
Science, Values, and Policy Analysis
The Postmodern Challenge
Social Work and Competing in the Policy Analysis Arena
Value Neutrality, Value Relevance, and Critical Thinking
Value Neutrality
Value Relevance
Value Analysis and Objectivity
Critical Thinking and Professional Impartiality
Skill Building Exercises
The Purpose of Policy Analysis
Rationales for Public Policy
Market Considerations
Traditional Market Failures
Distributional and Other Goals
Social Welfare Functions
Human Dignity: Equality of Opportunity and Floors of Consumption
Skill Building Exercises
Approaches to Policy Analysis
Views of the Appropriate Role of the Policy Analyst
A Typology of Roles
Objective Technician
Client's Advocate
Issue Advocate
Advocacy, Ethics, and Policy Analysis
Formulation of Policy Agendas and Alternatives: What Should Be Done?
Deciding on an Appropriate Kind of Analysis
Root Causes Versus Pragmatic Adjustment
Comprehensive Analysis Versus Short-term Relevance
Consensual Versus Contentious Analysis
Rational Analysis Versus Democratic Politics
Foci of Policy Analysts
Policy as Product
Policy as Process
Policy as Performance
Skill Building Exercises
Policy as Product
Evaluating Policy Proposals
General Considerations About Policy as Product
Select Criteria for Evaluating Policy Proposals
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Equity
Liberty
Political Feasibility
Social Acceptability
Administrative Feasibility
Technical Feasibility
Stigmatization, Target Efficiency, and Trade-Offs
Substitutability
Descriptive Summary of Policy Products
Who Gets What?
Skill Building Exercises
Matching Policy Proposals to Problems
Fit With Analysis of Social Problem
Correspondence Between Social Problem Theory and Program Theory
Correspondence Between Eligibility Rules and the Ideology of the Social Problem Analysis
Correspondence Between Eligibility Rules and the Target Specifications of the Social Problem Analysis
Criteria Specific to Eligibility Rules
Stigmatization
Off-Targeted Benefits
Trade-Offs in Evaluating Eligibility Rules
Vertical and Horizontal Equity
Overwhelming Costs, Overutilization, and Underutilization
Work Incentives, Disincentives, and Eligibility Rules
Procreational Incentives, Marital Instability, and Generational Dependency
How Is the Policy or Program Financed?
Funding Sources of Social Welfare
Skill Building Exercises
Costs, Benefits, and Risks
Development of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Cost-Benefit Analysis as Organized Common Sense
Steps to Cost-Benefit Analysis
Identifying Important Benefits and Costs
Illustrating Benefits and Costs to Schooling
Measurement in Monetized Terms
Sensitivity Analysis
Monetizing Impacts and Shadow Pricing
Distributional Effects and Weights of Costs to Benefits
Risk Assessment
Skill Building Exercises
Applying Cost-Benefit Analysis
An Illustration of Cost-Benefit Analysis: Taxing Alcohol to Save Lives
Some General Considerations
Reliance on Prior Studies
Estimating the Effects of a Tax on Alcohol
Estimating the Social Surplus Losses in the Wine and Liquor Markets
Estimating Reductions in Fatalities Caused by Young Drivers and Older Drivers
Determine Whether Quantified Effects Belonged in the Calculation of Net Benefits
Estimating Benefits Under Different Assumptions About How Well Young/Older Drivers Are Informed About the Risks of Drinking and Driving
Assigning a Dollar Amount to Avoided Fatalities and the Value of Life
Determining How Much Injuries/Dam ages Count as Benefits Under Different Demand Assumptions
Estimate Net Benefits Under Uninformed, Informed, and Best Guess
Summary of How Alcohol Taxation Illustrates the Basic Craft and Art of Cost-Benefit Analysis
Identifying Alternatives
Development of Typologies
Comparison With Ideal
Feasible Manipulations
Modifying Existing Solutions
Methods of Dealing With Multiple Criteria for Identifying and Selecting Among Alternatives
Skill Building Exercises
Policy as Process
Making Policy
Making Policy and Responding to Social Problems
Making Laws
Conceptual and Theoretical Considerations
Practical Considerations
Skill Building Exercises
Implementing Policy
Some General Considerations
Theoretical Considerations
Practical Considerations
The Role of Street-level Bureaucrats
Skill Building Exercises
Policy as Performance
Approaches to Evaluation
General Considerations
The Main Approaches to Evaluation
Pseudo-Evaulation
Social Systems Accounting
Social Experimentation
Social Auditing
Research and Practice Synthesis
Formal Evaluation
Decision-Theoretic Evaluation
Skill Building Exercises
Evaluation, Values, and Theory
Values and Evaluation
Evaluator Valuing Roles
The Relative Distancing of Values and Evaluation
The Role of Theory in Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Explanatory and Justificatory (Normative) Theories
Theory-Oriented Evaluations
Skill Building Exercises
Epilogue: A Holistic Framework for Policy Analysis
General Principles, Guidelines, and Standards of Evaluation Practice
An Overarching Framework for Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Skill Building Exercises
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Core Competencies
Historical Overview of Policy Analysis and Policy Studies
Historical Roots
Twentieth Century: First Half-The Quest for Objectivity
Twentieth Century: World War II and Afterward
Policy Studies
Proliferation of Think Tanks
Skill Building Exercises
Websites
Glossary
References
Index
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