Part 3 – Final policy analysis: this is you final polished paper that fulfills all the requirements from the assignment instructions.
Write a 7-9 page paper in APA format and style. The paper will include the following sections (use APA headers in your final paper):
1. Abstract: Provide a 150-250 word abstract as a single paragraph without paragraph indention. This is a concise summary of the key points of your analysis (not the bill or health problem). It allows readers to quickly glance at the main purpose of each section of your paper. It should contain the health problem, what is the policy chosen and what it is trying to achieve, the general opposing and supporting groups, recommendations, final analysis and conclusions. You may also include possible implications of your research and future work you see connected with your analysis. Your abstract should be a single paragraph double-spaced.
You may also want to list keywords from your paper in your abstract. To do this, indent as you would if you were starting a new paragraph, type Keywords: (italicized), and then list your keywords. Listing your keywords will help researchers find your work in databases.
2. Introduction to the health problem: Create an overview of the public health problem to be addressed. Here you can include some very general statistics to lay the foundation of your policy analysis.
3. The severity of health problem: Discuss the severity of the problem, number of people affected by the problem and the proposed bill. Present and discuss more detailed numbers here. Discuss the research behind the health problem (for example, is there a wide range of finding regarding its severity and how to best deal with it? Are there significant gaps in the research on the health problem?) What would realistically happen if no intervention was implemented? Cite all references to the literature as required.
4.Overview of the bill and stakeholders: Create an overview of the proposed bill in terms of its specific provisions. Do not just discuss what the promoters promise it will accomplish. Make sure to read the fine print and see exactly what the bill will do. Describe who the stakeholders are that are affected in any way by this bill. Do not simply paraphrase or list elements of the bill here.
5. Promoters: Discuss who the promoters of the bill are. Describe what the promoters of the bill believe that the bill will accomplish. Make sure to identify and discuss what specific health outcomes will occur according to the promoters if the bill is passed.
6. Opposing groups: Describe which individuals and/or groups are opposed to the bill. Delineate what are their issues with it. Research special interest groups, such as professional trade associations and industry groups to see what type of lobbying efforts are being made with respect to the bill.
7. Recommendations and final analysis: Describe your recommendations based on your research and analysis of the bill; this is not the place to state personal opinion or beliefs. Discuss potential unintended outcomes or results in this section that could have a negative impact if the bill passes. Substantiate your position with the facts and with support from the class readings, other relevant material discussed in class, as well as outside references.
8. Conclusion: Here you will wrap up what you have been discussing in your analysis above. After moving from general to specific information in the introduction and body paragraphs, your conclusion should begin pulling back into more general information that restates the main points of the health problem and how the bill addresses this particular problem.
9. Mechanics: readability, English usage, adherence to APA style (title page, abstract, body with specific headers, etc.). The reference section needs to include at least 10 quality sources that are appropriate for the specific section (for example, you will need reputable data sources for the severity section).