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You may conduct research on and write an analysis concerning a particular case of health policymaking. This may involve policymaking at any level (international, national, state and/or local). It may, but does not have to, cover a case of policymaking in which the student has been personally involved. The analysis must follow and apply the general outline of the policy process as set forth in the Longest textbook to the selected case. The analysis should describe and explain significant aspects of the policymaking process from inputs to outcomes. However, the case study does not have to cover the entire policymaking cycle if it is “policymaking in progress”.
The text of the case study should follow the following general outline, although it can be amended after consultation with and approval of the instructor:
· Introduction to the case, including a definition of what the study covers, and a description of the general environment in which the selected policymaking is taking place
· An explanation of the stages the policy has undergone in the policy cycle.
· A description and analysis of the case, including specific aspects of the policy marketplace involvement of suppliers and demanders, as seen through the applicable stages of the policy process (what has happened, involving which groups and individuals, and why?)
· A summary, in which the student provides a personal assessment of the general efficiency, effectiveness and revealed moral values / ethics of the policy process, and addresses the relevant “questions of policymaking.”
The research paper should be 5-7 pages (double-spaced), excluding the title page, appendices, or references. Be sure to show individual understanding of class ideas, integration of class material & personal/professional experience.
At least 5 peer-reviewed references (non-Wiki) are required and your textbook may be included as one. All listed references should be cited within the body of your paper. The paper should not simply be a review of printed material. The focus should be on synthesizing and reporting the research information you have found.
At least 25% of the text MUST be your own words and your own work. This percentage will be checked by your professor through SafeAssign. Large sections of cut-and-pasted text and/or personal, unsupported opinions are not acceptable.
The research paper is due on the last day of class at 5:00pm. It should be saved in MS Word or .PDF format and uploaded into Blackboard.