The assignment is designed for students to produce an original public policy project. You will actively engage in the process of investigating a public policy issue or social problem. Goals include:
For today's class, we are focusing primarily on Part 2: Public Policy Analysis (4-6 pages). This examines the history, background, development, and policital agenda(s) associated with your public policy topic/issue.
For this assignment, I would recommend the following trajectory:
Things may be available for you in multiple places. Don't only look in one place! But broadly, the areas below may help you narrow where to begin.
Congress, Office of the Federal Register
US Government sources like Bureau of Labor Statistics; Census Bureau; websites dedicated to federal agencies, bureaus and departments, e.g. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Reserve Board, etc.
Think tanks, across the ideological spectrum - Brookings Institution; The Urban Institute; Institute for Policy Studies; American Enterprise Institute; Heritage Foundation
Databases like JSTOR and Academic Search Ultimate
National newspapers like the New York Times or the Washington Post
Broader books with chapters pertaining to your topic
Note that this resource is most reliable for legislation from 1973-present. For legislation older than 1973, coverage is more spotty in Congress.gov. There may be information available (select more options under the search bar and click historical under Congress years), but you may need to search Google and find a reputable source (probably still governmental) that has the text of the legislation.
Concept mapping is one way to get your thoughts in order to begin the process. Who are the players involved? What issues do you need to be aware of?