Policy Proposal

Public Policy Proposal For this final paper, assume the role of a policy analyst working for an advocacy organization or interest group. You will not write this paper in the first person, but instead write it on behalf of your organization. You may choose to write on behalf of a real advocacy organization or interest group, or you may invent one. Your organization is either advocating (1) for retaining something that a public health related law or regulation currently requires, or (2) for changing something in law or regulation to make a public policy or program more effective. Ask if you are unsure about what to select as your topic. You will write this paper to the lead official in the Executive Branch of the federal government responsible for (or otherwise with an interest in) the public health related law, regulation or program about which you are writing. Be sure to identify this official, somehow, in the proposal. Also be sure to identify and define the problem that your Public Policy Proposal seeks to address. The best place to do this is at the very beginning, or near to the beginning, of the policy proposal. “(Policy) Proposals usually represent organized, or group, interest in solving a problem” (Catherine Smith, Writing Public Policy). “There is no typical format for policy proposals” (Smith); but the organization for whom you are working may prescribe a particular format. For general guidance, see “Petitions and Proposals: Request Action or Propose Policy” by Catherine Smith (posted with these instructions). The important point to note about a Public Policy Proposal is that it is in a form of policy analysis, and not “just” an informational or promotional statement about a policy. In this sense, the Public Policy Proposal shares some of the characteristics of a Position Paper (that you critiqued) in that it presents reasons (the “why”) for addressing a problem and adopting a given public policy position; but it also shares some of the characteristics of a White Paper or Decision Memorandum (that you practiced regarding organ donation) or similar decision making tool in that it briefly analyzes the potential feasibility and efficacy of the public policy action that your organization is proposing (the “how”). Imagine that the Public Policy Proposal is a “call to action.” Lastly, think about the frame in which you want the Executive Branch agency official to view the problem that you are addressing, and use language in your policy proposal that invokes that frame and is persuasive in its argument. The length must be 1,200 to 1,500 words, not including references. APA citation rules are recommended but not required for this paper. Tips to help you with this assignment: The task at hand can be simplified, along these lines. If you are having trouble getting started, make sure that you have done these things, roughly in this order. Read this carefully – it will seem complicated, but if you break it down into small parts, it is not: 1) Read the chapter on Policy Proposals in Writing Public Policy. It is an optional reading, but helpful. 2) Prepare an outline of your final paper to guide your writing – before you actually begin to write the policy proposal. 3) Consider using this structure for your paper: page 1 (background to the issue and problem definition); page 2 (development of the argument for a particular solution); and pages 3-4 (completion of the argument and conclusion to the paper). One Additional Tip/caution Since you are advocating for a public policy, you must be careful to propose a structurally realistic action — something that is both constitutional and logistically possible. Avoid creating a proposal that comes mostly out of your imagination. A well-done policy proposal is usually NOT one that presents original ideas since public health related laws, regulations and programs are such complex undertakings. Rely on ideas that have already been proposed and carefully considered, and for which you can find reliable sources/ references about your public health policy issue.