major written assignment, a Health Policy Analysis.Completion of this paper
will involve research utilizing selected websites and the Ashford ProQuest
are employed as an analyst in a state governor’s office and have been asked to
write a fifteen to twenty page health policy analysis. Your analysis will
include the following;
- Problem Statement: A one to
three sentence question in which you succinctly identify a health-related
problem. Do not include any recommendations in your problem statement, but
rather phrase your problem statement so that it lends itself to an
analysis that considers several options.
- Background: Explain why the
problem has been selected for analysis. Provide statistics and background
data to document the scope and nature of the problem.
- Landscape Identification:
Identify the key stakeholders and the factors that must be considered e.g.
political, social, economic, practical, and legal factors when analyzing
the problem. For each factor, your analysis should discuss relevant views
of the identified stakeholders. You may organize this section by
stakeholder or by factor. Some stakeholders may not have relevant views
for all of the factors, but each stakeholder must be addressed as often as
necessary to convey their policy position. The tone of the landscape
section should be neutral and objective.
- Alternatives Section: Provide
three to five options to consider. This section is not just a statement of
choices, but an analysis of each alternative by stating the positive/negative
and pro/con aspects of pursuing each option. Analyze all your options
equally, and avoid providing more detail for the option you plan to
recommend. This section should be completely objective. In completing your
alternatives section, you may wish to utilize any of the following
criteria in your analysis: cost, cost-benefit, political feasibility,
legality, administrative ease, fairness, timeliness, targeted impact.
Identify and evaluate the impacts of these processes e.g. persons served,
lives saved, hospital days avoided, people screened.
- Side-by-side Tables of the
Alternatives: Create descriptive or analytic tables of your alternatives
in which you summarize key information. A descriptive table would provide
a description of each option but not provide any analysis. An analytic
table would assess the option based on the criteria chosen. Make sure to
clearly label your tables.
- Recommendations: Select one of
your alternatives, and clearly differentiate it as the best option, making
sure to provide a detailed explanation as to why it is preferred over the
other options. Weigh the data/evidence and analyze it in terms of
technical feasibility, political feasibility, or economic and financial
viability. In addition, also identify what, if any, actions may be taken
to mitigate or overcome the negative aspects of your selected
recommendation. (You presented these in your Alternatives Section). Do not
make a hybrid recommendation of multiple options, as you must select only
one option. Therefore, your explanation/justification of your selected
option needs to be fairly detailed and include data to support it.)
- Implementation Strategy:
Identify steps to manage the policy process to gain public, professional,
and/or consumer support for change and backing of the most appropriate
alternative. How will you assure that key implementers and/or consumers
buy into the process? How will conflicting interests be mediated?
- Implementation Planning:
Identify, analyze, evaluate, and justify steps to assure successful implementation
of your recommended alternative. How will you determine if the recommended
alternative was an improvement?
- Reference page: Include a
Reference page written in accordance with APA format, utilize ten to
fifteen reference sources that have been written within the last five
Writing the Final Project
The Final Project:
1. Must be
15 to 20 double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
2. Must include a title page with the following:
a. Title of
b. Student’s name
c. Course name and number
d. Instructor’s name
e. Date submitted
begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
6. Must use at least ten scholarly sources, cited according to APA guidelines
as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
7. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.