Analyzing a vignette

Analysis of the lever/s used to influence the desired outcome
* e.g. through inducement (tax incentives and disincentives; income subsidies and penalties); coercion (legislation/regulation)

Analysis of the consultation and coordination processes
* refers back to Part A agenda-setting, key issues and issue drivers critique to analyse these processes
* strength or otherwise in the consultation and coordination processes for insider or outsider policy actors: public service, street-level bureaucrats, interest/pressure groups, policy or issue networks, advocacy coalitions, gatekeepers, other peak organisations, research organisations, consultants, lobbyists, think tanks

Analysis of the implementation choices
* e.g. departmental program, statutory, government-owned enterprises, contracting, administrative, political.

Analysis of the evaluation processes through internal, external, unsolicited or invited evaluators
* refers back to Part A problematisations of policy context, position/funding within government/provision/delivery to analyse these processes
* aims and objectives: continued relevance and priority, achieved as stated, alternative efficiency

Level of information gathered and application of readings to the policy analysis through:
* policy documents, ministerial and/or departmental statements, Senate committee and/or Hansard debate
* internal, external, unsolicited and invited reviews and evaluations, academic critique, and media commentary (no more than two media sources)

Presentation and critique expectations
* succinct outline of policy purpose and context, and its relation to existing policies/programs (no more than 150 words)
* succinct summary of scholarly recommendations (no more than 250 words)
* logical planning, sequencing and sound structure
* professional academic writing and professional documentation
* accurate and consistent Harvard Author-Date referencing
* working URLs are provided in the reference list for all documents accessed outside the UniSA Library databases (e.g. policy documents, statements, media commentary, etc)

Sources of policy information and scholarly critique — Include policy statements and programs, reports, discussion papers, internal government evaluations and reviews, external invited evaluations and reviews, external unsolicited evaluations and reviews — are available through government departments, ministerial websites, Senate committee and Hansard debate, government and non-government agencies, peak bodies, community organisations, research institutes, UniSA Library databases for academic journals analysing the policies and programs, and the NewsBank database for media commentary. Important: The Part B Policy analysis paper provides critical and analytical discussion, rather than just descriptive discussion. The analysis is of the policy response and processes to the social issue, not an analysis of the social issue.

These written assessments are submitted and returned via Gradebook. There is no requirement to include an assignment cover sheet with the Gradebook system. Accurate and careful submission of your final and/or correct paper through the correct course Gradebook assessment link is expected. Refer to Learnonline Help for Students – Assignments. Occasionally, assignments go missing during electronic submission and return. It is fully expected that students will make copies of all assignments, keep returned marked assignments, and be able to produce these if required. Please ensure that you backup your computer files regularly to external hard drives, or burn files regularly to CDs or DVDs. Be wary of keeping files stored and updated only on USB data storage devices — these devices are easily corrupted or easily misplaced.

You should discuss assessment guidelines with your Tutor if they are not clear to you, but in general terms, higher marks will require that you go beyond the basis task and demonstrate wider reading and research that you integrate into your policy analysis.
* responses should be critical and analytical rather than just descriptive
* analysis is the policy response to the social ‘problem/issue’, not an analysis of the social ‘problem/issue’

Organisation and Presentation
* keep within the word length requirements
* adequately address the required topics and policy processes
* use scholarly, grammatical written expression
* include correct spelling, punctuation and sentence structure
* show evidence of editing and review
* demonstrate critical and sequential thinking

Understanding of concepts
* show a reliable knowledge of key concepts from course readings
* provide evidence of independent and wider reading
* cite an appropriate range of literature
* identify key concepts and present these accurately

Critical and Reflective thinking
* demonstrate an awareness of competing theories/paradigms/analytical frameworks
* critically connect and reflect upon relevant issues
* develop a position or orientation to the work
* where appropriate makes links between theory and practice
* relate theory and practice to the values, purpose and knowledge of social work, human service and social justice


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