Before a policy can be created, a problem must exist that is called to the attention of the government. Illegal immigration, for example, has been going on for many years, but it was not until the 1990s that enough people considered it such a serious problem that it required increased government action. Another example is crime. American society tolerates a certain level of crime; however, when crime rises dramatically or is perceived to be rising dramatically, it becomes an issue for policymakers to address.
Consistent and effective policies at the federal level are critical to the success of government and nonprofit organizations. What factors determine a successful vs. ineffective public policy?
Write a 3-4 page paper in which you do the following:
Using a policy from the topic you chose in the Week 8 assignment:
Provide a thorough background and history of your chosen policy. This should include what underlying issue the policy was intended to address, who the major influencers were in creating the policy, and when it was officially adopted. Title this section Background and History.
In your opinion, was the policy a success or failure? Why? Be sure to list at least one positive and one negative outcome of the policy. Title this section Outcomes.
Defend your position with substantial professional information and statistics. Title this section Your Position.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The library is your home for SWS assistance, including citations and formatting. Please refer to the Library site for all supports. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
A minimum of three professional references (Wikipedia is not accepted in this class).
Keep in mind the Master of Public Administration Library Guide for a list of databases focused on Public Administration and for guidance on library research in general.
The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:
Research a public policy in a government or nonprofit organization to determine its effectiveness