The Policy Research Paper should be 8 to 12 pages, double-spaced,size 12 point font. The paper should include a cover page, tableof contents, introduction, body of the report, summary orconclusion, and works cited (reference page). The page count isof the content and, thus does not include the cover, table ofcontents, or reference page(s).
Even though this is not a scientific-type writing assignment, andis mostly creative in nature, references are still veryimportant. At least six authoritative, outside references arerequired (anonymous authors or web pages are not acceptable).These should be listed on the last page titled “References.”
The paper should include the following components:
Define the Issue
Introduce the problem or issue that you are researching. Thepurpose of this section is to tell the reader what problem youare addressing and why it is important.
Describe any historical aspects of the topic, particularly onesthat are important to an understanding of the issue. Alsoimportant to this section is a discussion of key stakeholders andpolicy networks. Policy networks include concerned citizengroups, elected officials, and special interest groups.
Identification of Policy Alternatives
This is the main section of your paper. In this section, you willdescribe what is currently being done (if anything) with respectto the problem, and then compare that to what could be done. Whenyou consider possible alternatives that the government couldtake, remember to include the following:a.Description of two tothree alternative methods to resolve the issue you presented.
b.Consequences of each alternative method: For example – whowould be affected, what costs might be incurred and by whom, andwhat benefits might be realized?
c.Description of evaluation criteria: This should help youcompare alternatives across a number of areas. For example, costcould be key criteria for comparing alternatives, but there maybe other concerns that are equally important to resolve. Youmight find an inexpensive alternative, but it might not bepolitically feasible to implement, for example. Once the criteriaare identified, you should establish a way to prioritize thecriteria. Which are the most important and why? Think about thediscussions in class regarding decision-making and evaluation.
Remember that you wrote this paper from the perspective of astaff person presenting this analysis to a policy maker. Now youare ready to make a recommendation on one of these alternatives.In this section, outline which alternative you would recommend tothe policy maker, including a brief summary of how you arrived atthis conclusion.