You are to analyze and to research a specific public policy issue from the general policy
areas of civil rights, the economy and policy making, social welfare, health care, the
environment, or foreign/defense policy making. The project should be 8-10 pages in length
and should cite 10-15 sources using APA format. You may use Edwards end of chapter
Websites from Module 5, although you are encouraged to locate your own sites as well.
1. a clear statement of the issue, citing the specific positions in dispute.
2. the jurisdictional level at which the issue should be addressed.
3. the key players and influences, as well as their specific roles, including policymaking
and linkage institutions.
4. the specific actions or avenues you could/would/will take to directly involve yourself
in the issue and/or process as a citizen.
5. an identification of barriers that you expect to encounter and your plans for
6. specific recommendations as to how the issue should/can be resolved based on a
consideration of all policy options.
7. what values or beliefs you are using in your analysis of the issue.
Title Page – It should be concise and descriptive. Creative wouldn't hurt! Your name, course
name and number, college and term should be listed.
Purpose of Study – The final project should include a succinct statement that explains why you
selected the particular area of interest and why it lends itself to a research paper. State the
purpose of your research and why it interests you. You should also identify the audience for
Opening Statement, Assumptions or Hypothesis
The project is a rigorous academic exercise and should be carefully thought out from
beginning to end. It is imperative that you resist presentation of opinion as fact, and instead
develop assumptions or hypotheses without reaching conclusions before you investigate the
The opening statement, argument or hypothesis focuses your ideas for the paper; it's your
argument, insight or viewpoint summarized into a sentence or two that gives the reader your
main idea. It present the rationale for you paper and clearly indicates why it is worth exploring.
If you are not sure about how to refine, narrow or broaden your thesis, please go to our online
Library for assistance at
Discussion of Findings
You must demonstrate that you have expanded your knowledge of the subject. This is where
you must cite between 10-15 sources using the APA format. This section should discuss and
offer an interpretation of the sources you cite. Choose the sources carefully. They should
demonstrate your understanding of the research issues related to your topic and show your
ability to critically evaluate/integrate the literary sources.
Some research websites that may be helpful as you begin your research can be found at:
ESC's Online Library Research Sites: