Subject Code and Title PUBH6001: Health Policy and Advocacy Assessment
Assessment 2: Part A Part 1: Policy Analysis (2500 words +/-10%) Part 2: Advocacy Strategy (2500 words +/-10%)
Individual/Group Group Assignment
Length 5000 words
Learning Outcomes This assessment addresses the following learning outcomes: 1. Analyse different theories and approaches to policy agenda setting 2. Apply knowledge of policy development to a public health policy issue 3. Analyse issuesin contemporary Australian health care policy 4. Analyse evidence based policy and knowledge translation issues 5. Critique the role of networks and coalitionsin the policy agenda setting process 6. Analyse advocacy and empowerment strategies use to address public health policy issues
This is a Group Assignment which you will do in collaboration with other students in your class.Your facilitator will allocate the groups. You may wish to designate tasksfor both parts equally to your group members. You may also wish to choose a group leader to pull together different parts of the Assignment. In total there are 2 submissions - Part A and Part B – per group (and not individually). Note: To prevent social loafing, groups experiencing problems with the level of commitment of individual members are required to contact their course facilitator in the first instance. If problems persist, the group leader should submit a Peer Evaluation Form (available on Blackboard). Marks may be deducted for individual members who do not live up to the expectations of the other group members. Once you have discovered the group you are in, work out the best way to communicate with your peers for the development of the Assignment, (e.g., through Skype, telephone, Zoom, Whatsapp groups and email or other method). You can also use BB extensively via group discussion boards, wiki, email etc. Do remember that BB group areas are only for your group use, and not visible to other groups
Part A In this part of the assignment, you will engage in policy analysis. Choose a health policy (either current or past), either at the state or federal level, to analyse in this Assignment (eg, mental health policy, women’s health policy, preventative health policy, men’s health policy, the Northern Territory intervention). The Assignment should be approximately 2,500 words addressing the following questions as a report. (please do not answer the questions as a series of short answers).
The Problem and Context • Describe the current and historical policy context of the problem. • What is the problem which the policy seeks to address? What problems are highlighted? • What problems have been overlooked?
Frame of Reference/Dominant Discourse • What is the common frame of reference or dominant discourse evidence within this policy? • Are certain words and phrases commonly used? • Are there any underlying assumptions behind these?
Targets, Stakeholders and their Representation • Who is the target of the policy (the subject of the discourse)? • Who are the other stakeholders identified in the policy? Describe key institutional structures, agencies and workforce capacity building. • How are the subjects of the policy being represented? • How are different social groups portrayed in this policy and what implications does this have? • Are there any moral judgements expressed in this representation?
Policy process • Who were the stakeholders involved in the development of the policy? Who was overlooked? • Whose interests were represented in the development of the policy? Which voices were not heard? • What were the potential competing interests and power differentials of those involved in the development of the policy? • What was the motivation for stakeholders in creating this policy? • Were there any particular windows of opportunity that enabled the development of this policy?
Policy Solutions • What solutions are put forward to address the problems? What alternative solutions might have been overlooked? • Are there any social/power/ethical implications of this policy?
Effectiveness • Consider the implementation of the policy. How effectively do you think the current policy has been implemented? • What are the accountability processes for the policy? • Consider evaluation measures (indictors) and any evaluation which has been undertaken. How effective has the policy proven to be?
Assessment Criteria: • Knowledge and understanding of the policy issue (20%) • Critical analysis of the problem, frames of reference used, the policy process and policy solutions (20%) • Application and synthesis of knowledge about policy theories(20%) • Analysis of ethical/moral issues arising from the policy, the policy process, or the way in which problems and subjects of the policy are framed (20%) • Use of academic conventions including appropriate resources and referencing (20%)
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