Review Chapter 2 of the Jansson text. Focus on “Policy Advocacy Challenge 2.4” (pp. 39–40) for websites and examples of different ways to think about the relationship between social problems and policy.
Identify a social problem—for example, food insecurity, domestic violence, child maltreatment, policing, and so on—that you would like to investigate throughout the course. This can be a problem that has personal or professional meaning to you. You will use the social problem as the foundation for your Final Project Assignment—a Social Change Project— due in Week 10 (although, you will work on it in multiple Assignments throughout the course).
Review the websites listed in the Resources for Policy and Advocacy Work document in the Learning Resources this week.
Search for and select at least three sources related to the social problem you identified. One source can be a government or other professional website.
At least two of the sources must be scholarly articles or studies from reputable journals.
By Day 7
Submit a 2- to 3-page paper to complete Part 1 of your Social Change Project.
Describe a current social problem and the vulnerable population it impacts.
How/when has this problem been identified historically, and what were the actions taken to address this concern?
How have the populations affected by the social problem changed over time?
How might this social problem be incongruent with social work values/ethics?
Describe the next steps for how you will identify a policy.
Be sure to incorporate the sources you found related to your selected social problem using standard APA format.
Document: Resources for Policy and Advocacy Work (PDF)
These websites will help you as you search for information regarding your selected social problem, policies, and policy alternatives throughout the course. Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice (8th ed.). Cengage Learning.
Chapter 2, “Articulating Four Rationales for Participating in Policy Advocacy” (pp. 31–68)
Hoefer, R. (2015). Princess wants a dog park: Using theory and evidence to understand advocacy and improve policy practice education. Journal of Policy Practice, 14(3/4), 165–170. https://doi.org/10.1080/15588742.2015.1049066