SWK5002 Capella The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Policy

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Assignment Overview

This work should build on the previous components of this research project, where you identified a social problem and selected a federal policy that affects it.

Once social workers have located a policy that impacts a social problem, the next step is to analyze the policy's development and potential impacts.

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following EPAs and practice behaviors:

  • EPA 2.1.8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
    • PB 2.1.8.A: Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being.
      • Related Assignment Criteria:
        • 1. Analyze the development of a chosen policy.
        • 2. Evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of a policy.
        • 3. Describe the policy constraints that address a problem for the chosen population.
        • 4. Recommend new or amended policies that would improve a current policy, providing a clear rationale and sufficient scholarly support.

Assignment Description

In this assignment, you will analyze the federal policy chosen including the development of the policy and evaluate its effectiveness and feasibility. Remember that the feasibility of a policy relates not only to its economic feasibility, but also to its political and social impact. You will also identify the policy constraints that inhibit the policy from most effectively reaching your targeted population.

Use your Social Work Speaks Policy textbook and National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics to guide your analysis. Continue to consult the Library of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, public policy analysis research and reports, and other peer-reviewed research to support your analysis.

Assignment Instructions

To complete this assignment:

  1. Analyze the development of your chosen federal policy. In your analysis, consider these components:
    • What are the goals of the policy? How well have the goals been met?
    • Does the policy seem to ignore, impede, or strengthen the social functioning of the target population? To what extent does the policy meet or improve the social values of the target population?
    • To what extent does the policy adhere to best practice ethics and best practice standards? If the outcome of your analysis is that best practice ethics and standards are not being adhered to, include that information in your analysis as well.
    • What are the implications connected to the social justice problem that your chosen policy addresses?
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of the policy. Consider how well the policy has met the needs of your target population and to what extent it improves the social justice problem you initially researched.
    • Is the politically, economically, and administratively feasible?
    • Does the policy adequately address the problem it was created to solve, or does it further oppress the target population? Does the policy improve conditions or further exacerbate the situation?
  3. Identify the policy constraints that inhibit the policy from addressing the problem for the chosen population. Have other constraints arisen since the passage of the policy that have made conditions worse or better for the chosen population?
  4. Propose recommendations for a new or amended policy based on your policy analysis. Support your recommendation with a clear rationale and scholarly, peer-reviewed literature.

Submit your completed assignment by the end of the week.

Remember that your instructor will be providing feedback on your assignments. Use that feedback to improve the content of your Federal Policy Analysis course project.

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1 Policy Analysis Shondricka Claiborne Dr. Merrill Social Work 5002 POLICY ANALYSIS 2 Introduction Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is one of the most important and debatable policies in the history of U.S internal aid programs. It’s now more than twenty years since the famous TANF policy dominated the headlines and brought hope for poor and needy families in the U.S. Up to date there is very little that the policy has achieved and has left those concerned wondering how to achieve the objectives of the policy. Initially, the policy would offer cash and other financial assistance to needy and poor families as well as offering a range of subsidized services to genuine low-income earners. The policy has achieved some of its objectives and fails to deliver a few of its promises as well for the last twenty years (Falk & United States, 2008). This policy was once considered as a game changer for low-income American citizens that has not been the case. The purpose of this paper is to discuss TANF policy with respect to what it has achieved since its inception, what is yet to be achieved under this policy, and but not limited to recommendations for its improvements. TANF has achieved to some extent what it intended to for the twenty years that it has been in place. Its achievements are in reference to cash assistance, block grants, work participation rate, and its role during the great recession. These are also the basic components of the policy as discussed below: I. Block grants Initially this program was under Aids to families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in the larger welfare reforms but currently, TANF has played a crucial role in improving it. Under AFDC, the state governments would receive funds for the program from the federal government. The program worked based on caseloads where money was released based on caseloads. This is POLICY ANALYSIS 3 not the case under TANF since cash is released in fixed blocks irrespective of the caseloads. The case governments under this policy determine what to do with cash based on the statutory purposes which propose several activities. This program has been very successful and has transformed society for the best. II. Cash assistance This is a safety net for low-income earners which is under block grants and probably the smallest part of the program. It is a welfare program which plays a critical role in the political discourse of the country and has over the past be used for political mileage. It is in this brief where the qualification and requirements for beneficiaries are outlined (United States, 2011). It is not just every person who qualifies under this program but the very few who meets the required selection criterion. The purpose of this brief is to help needy and poor families in meeting their daily basic or immediate needs as well as helping every selected family in achieving long-term economic security. III. Work participation rate This is a flexible block grant for the federal government to state governments. This program has a range of goals to achieve and it still remains the best in respect to children support. The essence of this program is to ensure that children who benefit from the program are raised well at home, helped to get employment, and/ encouraged marriage. It is through this program where the government collects data to access the effectiveness, impact, and success of the entire policy. This policy is strengthening the social functioning of the target population considering the many activities that are under the program. The above discussion has outlined some of the POLICY ANALYSIS 4 benefits of the policy and how they have been met. In my view, the policy has proposals in place to ensure that the target population has benefited as per its proposals. States are required under the block grant to spent at least 75% of what they initially used to spend in serving needy families. This shows that there is progress in promoting social functioning since it serves to improve the welfare of needy families. There are equally several best practice standards that are applied under this policy to ensure that funds are used for an intended purpose and that target population benefits to the maximum. The federal government relies on work participation rate which is part of the policy to access its effectiveness and performance of the program. There has been an improvement in the overall social welfare of the needy families. Policy constraints Considering the current economic crisis, there are many families that are turning to TANF annually and this has strained the program beyond its holding capacity. Initially, there were a considerable number of beneficiaries under this program and all would benefit as per their requirements. Each beneficiary would get enough financial aid for their basic requirements. This is not the case since the number has tripled for the last few years; those under the program now usually get a fraction of what their needs are. It is no longer reliable for needy families since it cannot accommodate their actual needs. The problem of congestion has led to tightened and strict restrictions which deny genuinely needy families from joining the long list (Brockman, 2013). There are many requirements than ever for those who would want to join the program and this is a problem. Another constraint is the concept of sub-poverty benefit levels which has worsened the situations as families continue to suffer from hardship. TANF is not a competent program that can offer a lasting solution(s) to the challenges faced by needy families. The program has flaws which worsen the situation and has done more damage that it would be if the POLICY ANALYSIS 5 program would not have been in place. Take for example the idea of denying parents from participating in training and education programs which would in a way provide a permanent escape from poverty. TANF offers a temporary solution to the problem of poverty and denies available opportunities that can offer a permanent solution to the problem. Recommendations TANF is a very outstanding policy would transform the lives of needy families and help them achieve their American dream. Building a safety net for needy families is meant to ensure that the public gets the necessary assistance so as to improve the welfare of the society. The following are some of the recommendations that can help to improve the policy in its service to needy families; I. The federal government should ensure that it puts in place a well-structured strategy to measure the effectiveness of the program. There are very many irregularities in the implementation that have hindered the achievement of its goals. Coming up with a follow-up plan will help to reduce the irregularities (Bernard, 2011). II. There should be an assessment program to track down the annual enrolment of needy families in the program. This way, the federal government will have an actual figure required to settle the needs of the population. III. The government should also increase its allocation for the program and not giving a fixed grant without considering that the figures of those in need have increased. IV. The policy should not stop parents from joining training and employment programs that can help them to achieve employment. It should also allow beneficiaries to enjoy the benefits of other programs. POLICY ANALYSIS 6 References Bernard, P. A. (2011). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers, Inc. POLICY ANALYSIS Brockman, T. (2013). Temporary assistance for needy families: Work requirements revisited. New York: Nova Science. Falk, G., & United States. (2008). The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. New York: Nova Science Publishers. United States. (2011). An Act to Extend the Program of Block Grants to States for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Related Programs through December 31, 2011. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O. 7 ...
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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Policy
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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Policy
Development of the Policy
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program which is specifically
designed to help the needy families to achieve self-efficiency. It provides temporary financial
assistance to the people in need more especially those that do not have any other means to meet
their basic needs (Bernard, 2011). The policy was created in 1996; however, its reach has
declined drastically over the years. Initially, for every one hundred families in need eighty got
help but with time this number has fallen to twenty-three (Bernard, 2011). The TANF poverty
ratio went to the lowest level since 2010 and has remained flat since then. More than half of the
Americans tend to experience at least one year of poverty during their working years. This reality
makes strengthening America including temporary assistance for the needy families more critical
than ever before. It helps in lifting families when they are down and bring them back to their feet
more especially during hard times.
Additionally, the policy offered a range of subsidized services to the people who earned a
low income. Other groups which could receive these services include the people who are
pregnant or have a child who is under nineteen years and lives with them. The child who is
almost attaining the adult age must be a full-time high-school student. Also, a woman who is
pregnant is qualified for the help whether she is married or has other children. People who live in
Illinois and are homeless are liable to benefit from the program (Bernard, 2011).
Moreover, other people who have a chance to benefit from it are the United States
citizens, the immigrants who meet the requirements, and those individuals who can develop a
plan to becoming self-sufficient and follow it. The policy has been able to achieve some of its



aims though it fails to deliver a few of its promises in the past two decades. This paper seeks to
analyze the TANF policy, what it has achieved since it was started, what remains unrealized, and
to recommend important improvement methods.
Effectiveness and Feasibility of The Policy
The aid to families with dependent children was repealed and a new plan formed in 1996.
The Temporary assistance for the needy families was a dramatic reform which proved that it was
possible that changing incentives could save money and at the same time improve the delivery of
services and the beneficiary outcomes. With time the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF) has managed to achieve some of its main objectives (Falk & United States, 2008). Some
of its achievements can be analyzed in the form of cash assistance, block grants, work
participation rate, the role of work during a recession among others (Brockman, 2013).
Transforming the open-ended AFDC entitlement to a capped and a stable block grant to the
states happened to be the structural change which transformed the policy objecti...

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