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    Policy Analysis and Commentary

    For this assignment, you will be required to write a brief commentary to a journal of your choice discussing the pros and cons of a particular health policy issue of interest to you and offering a recommendation based on your research and analysis about the particular issue. Choose a topic that will push you to take strong positions.  Select a topic that you CARE about.  Consider both intervention and prevention programs.  Your analysis should be accurate, timely, meaningful, and have an impact factor.  Ask the questions: 1) why should the person reading this actually care about this issue?, 2) is a realistic solution suggested?


    The format will vary depending on the journal you decide to submit the commentary to.  In general the final document will include a description of the problem, some statements about different solution options that can be used to address the problem, and a recommendation drawing on evidence that exists in the literature related to your issue for the best way to solve the problem.  

    The analysis must represent the interests of a specific client (special interest group executive director, government official, CEO, etc.) and your reading audience.   The solution must be realistic.  The issue (problem) must be worthy of being placed high on the public agenda.  Your objective is to present a problem and then you will offer several alternative choices for addressing the problem after researching solution options.  Your goal is to come up with one preferred option through the process of policy analysis.  After presentation of the alternatives, you will suggest a final recommendation.


    There is no need to reinvent the wheel to develop your section for policy options… rely on research.  Borrow (cite original source) language from current policy.   Read the mission statement of “your client”.   Find historical precedents.   Locate policies in the pipeline and adopt relevant language for your proposal (citing resources, of course).   “Real world” policy proposals, pending and accepted legislation, and official plans illustrate what could be accomplished.   Generate a list of legislation (if present) that passed and bills that died.  Look for already developed guidelines, regulations, or programs.  Look for new and developing alternatives currently in the “pipeline”:identify policies in the pipeline (proposed, rejected, accepted in other geographic areas).   Consider areas for compromise.  Consider the possible consequences of action as well as the possible consequences of inaction.  Remember that “do nothing” can be an alternative.  


    Think about your policy options and the positive and negative aspects of each option according to criteria (cost, legal issues, political feasibility, etc.) that your client would specify as important.  Dollars won’t fix a problem … but lack of dollars can limit opportunity to fix a problem.   Seeing the $$$ distribution indicates public priorities and placement on the public agenda.  Generally, you will find that funding and awareness activities will increase if the subject rises on the public agenda … not the other way around.  Money (by itself) is NOT a solution.  Increasing awareness (by itself) is NOT a solution.   The solution (policy) must help to resolve the issue (problem).   

    The Final Product component of the Policy Proposal Project is an individual effort.  Your PPP Final Product will evolve while you work independently on your concept.  Change elements (and wording) as you see a need for modification.  The policy proposal will be refined and modified through scheduled Step assignments as the semester progresses.   Policy creation is a process.   It requires time.   Expect to research, revise, rethink, compromise, and revise some more when preparing a policy proposal. Rather than be concerned about your grade be inspired to excellence.  It takes a few times to revise a publication-ready manuscript. 

    Adhering to all of the journal’s requirements for authors is required. Try and keep references limited to recent journals.  The length of your final manuscript will vary but your final product is to be 8 – 13 pages or a minimum of 1000 words should be submitted for the final assignment unless the journal you select requires less words for commentaries.  If you need to go over 13 pages, that is all right but make sure that the extra pages are justified.   Please do not go over 15 pages.   You decide on how much information (and how many pages) to devote to each section. Focus on necessary content.   You would be surprised at how much you can cut out and how you can tighten and solidify your writing. And remember, don’t lose sight of your client and the actual problem statement.

    Acceptance for publication to the journal is not a requirement.   A main goal of this assignment is to provide the experience of writing for a journal.  Acceptance of your manuscript for publication is a bonus.  Follow up and revise your work if the journal asks you to resubmit the article. If you need help with a revision after the end of the semester, the professor will be available to provide feedback.  Please let me know when you are published.

  • Proposal Development

    Policy Proposal Development: Topic Selection

    The range of health care issues is broad and your possibilities for selection are intentionally wide open.   Develop a policy based on your interests and passions!   For a wealth of ideas for your Policy Proposal Project, skim the headlines of health news sites.  

    Check out Kaiser Health News  and other news sources for recent updates and think about the possibilities!

    ~ Keep your focus pinpoint small.   You are not “saving the world”, just one small part of it.  

    ~ One step can make a big difference towards change.

    ~ This effort should not be a focus on procedure. What’s the difference between policies and procedures? &nb
    sp; A policy communicates principles.  The main difference between a policy and procedure is that a policy communicates a direction whereas a procedure communicates the steps you take to move in the desired direction.   Policy addresses the “what” and procedure answers the “how” question.

    Read: What’s the Difference Between Policies and Procedures?  by Bizmanualz


    For this assignment, you will be required to write a brief commentary to a journal of your choice discussing the pros and cons of a particular health policy issue of interest to you and offering a recommendation based on your research and analysis about the particular issue. Choose a topic that will push you to take strong positions.  Select a topic that you CARE about. 

  • PPP Process

    Use the Discussion area to utilize the expertise and talents of your peers to help think through your concept and refine your language.   The discussions about the issues and refining the language for the proposed policy can best be accomplished as part of a bigger working group.   This effort simulates the type of work that goes on in “real world” committees.  Use the resources brought to the table by your peers.   Think of yourself as one of a group of influential leaders sitting around a table. 

    Work as a planning committee and help each other with the preparation of the commentary.  Provide feedback on your classmates’ commentary topic ideas and draft versions.  Comment on the strengths and suggest how it can be improved.  Provide thoughts on the writing style and if it is concise as is required for publication. 

    Review the feedback you receive.  Consider revisions based on the comments or questions but remember that you do not have to act on all of the opinions because yourname will be on the final document sent for publication.   Make changes for improvements to your draft versions and post revisions as the work progresses.   The Final Product component of the Policy Proposal Project is an individual effort.   We ALL have good ideas but some of the ideas will be used, some won’t make it to the final proposal.   All proposals will change when moving to the final form.  Most real world policy proposals develop through a group process of negotiation and compromise and the Group Discussions will reflect this process.  It can be a frustrating, uncomfortable, and time-consuming process; please remember to be patient with the process. Learn by observing each policy concept become more refined.   Learn from the comments on all the proposals.   Expect comments from the teaching team with suggestions, comments, and questions.   

    The PPP Final Product must include all the elements of a policy analysis as discussed in The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis chapter of the textbook. Follow the structure outlined in Teitelbaum & Wilensky.   Use the concepts and definitions. 

    • Read and reread Essentials of Health Policy and Law, The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis (2nd edition Chapter 13, or 3rd edition Chapter 14).  It is strongly recommended to read this chapter repeatedly because you will gain more understanding of the content material throughout the semester as you practice the skills of policy formulation and analysis. 
    • You must use the Kingdon Model concepts to analyze the problem and to predict the likelihood of change. 

    The Class Café’ is always open to ask questions, gather suggestions, and refine your ideas. 

  • PPP Step 1

    Attached Files:

    Assignment Step 1

    PPP Planning Concept Development

    Ideally your Problem Statement will set the stage for your background analysis, identification of potential solutions and finally, your recommendation.  Have a client and specific stakeholders in mind.  Your policy analysis and proposal begins to take shape when you define the client’s need for a plan.  The Problem Statement becomes the focal point for the plan you put together.

    If you describe your concept to an interested and objective person, what words do you use?   Start with something like “How can we …” and you are starting with yourProblem Statement.   Say something like “This is what we (I) want to do …” and you are stating your preferred policy solution.   Ask yourself who is “we”?   The answer to that — that’s your client.   The client viewpoint gives your proposal a sense of direction.  Who can “fix” it, who are you talking to when you want “action”?   The answer to that — that’s your audience.   The parts should become a unified whole if THE problem leads to a solution from the perspective of your client.  

    Phase 1: Introductory Research & Preparation Phase

    Select a current health policy problem.  Use news articles, journal articles, your textbook, and other sources to find a policy problem that interests you.  Decide which problem you want to resolve.  Make a selection that REALLY interests you.  Select a topic that lends itself to compromise and alternative solutions.  Controversy is required because everyone must “take a position” on a subject that has at least one opposing view, and room for advocacy.

    You can study a current or proposed piece of legislation, guideline, regulation, or bylaw.  Do not focus on a “procedure”.  
    Keep in mind that some issues vary within different states.   (For an example, some states recognize living wills and others do not.)   Therefore, avoid a national mandate … or be VERY careful to choose a manageable federal issue.   Keep it simple.   Do not include too many elements or variables.  

    Phase 2: The Client

    You must identify a specific client.  See The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis (2nd edition Chapter 13, or 3rd edition Chapter 14 of your textbook).  You might want to identify a legislator, or an advocacy group, or a company that is interested in selling a product.   Locate an appropriate special interest group, nonprofit group, or a specific department or commission with the government, or select an appointed or elected official who leads a relevant department or committee.

    Do not list a group of generic stakeholders.  For example, your client is NOT going to be “Congress”, or “Big Pharma”, or all women, or the general population of the state of Massachusetts.   Avoid big generic population groups for all stakeholder selections (including client).  

    Phase 3: The Problem Statement

    Write a clear problem statement.  Your job is to formulate a brief, focused statement of the problem.

    • The problem statement is dependent on the point of view of the client. 
    • The Problem Statement should be brief (one sentence, if possible) and in the form of a question.
    • Create a concise and precise question to set the framework with analytically manageable option possibilities.
    • Keep the problem focused.   Don’t add all the many related problems and issues.   Limit your focus and keep it simple.
    • A problem many students have with writing problem statements is that their questions are too broad; work to write a focused, narrow question. 
    • Be careful not to indicate your proposed solution/recommendation in your problem statement.  It should be possible, based on your problem statement, for your reader to envision several potential solutions that could adequately address the problem as presented (see your text for further clarification).   

    Step 1

    Post to the DB.  Submit your assignment as a best effort, rough draft version.  

    REVISE: This process towards completion of your PPP Final Product will require multiple revisions as you refine your thinking. 

    PARTICIPATION: Peer comments are required.  You can expect detailed feedback and suggestions for modifications.   

     Answer the following questions to begin development of your PPP:

    1. Who is your client?  

    • Important Note:  Be specific … do NOT select a large generic population or group.  In most cases, your client will be a relevant nonprofit agency or special interest group.  Identify and briefly describe your choice. 
    • Briefly explain the reason for your choice.

    2. Write a Problem Statement. 

    • This must be in the form of a question.   
    • The Problem Statement is dependent on the point of view of the client.
    • Write a manageable problem statement that is clearly phrased and as brief as possible.  Limit your focus and keep it simple.

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