For this assignment, you will need to identify a public problem or issue of interest to you (for example, sustainability, global conservation, high stakes assessment in public education, health care reform and its impact on the economy, racial profiling, genetically-modified food, etc.) that is connected to what you will eventually be doing for your Reflective Research Project. For example, if you plan on engaging with Habitat for Humanity for your Community Engagement assignment, then your Analysis might focus on the lack of affordable housing or on homelessness in the Lehigh Valley. Then for your Reflective Research Project might be to design a brochure about resources for homeless people that would educate them about the various sources available to them. This is just an idea—the overall purpose is to take the problem/issue and analyze it so that others can understand its importance.
Please note: This should be an original paper; no previous papers for other courses/school assignments should be submitted. There are sources in the RESOURCES folder that may be of interest to you if you are uncertain about what public problem/issue to pursue for this assignment.
Your written analysis should include the following components:
Identification of the Problem
Pros and Cons to Solving the Problem
Overall Policy Solution
An example of an Analysis paper is included in the assignment folder for your reference.
Your grade for this assignment will be based on the following equally weighted criteria:
Content—demonstrates thorough understanding of the issue and is able to convey this understanding to the audience. The writer has referenced at least three research sources.
Organization—the essay is well organized and the ideas expressed flow in a logical order
Expression—the writer has command of grammar and the writing is expressive—i.e., the writer’s voice is evident—and persuasive
Mechanics—the writings are free from punctuation, spelling and typographical errors; and proper APA format is used when quoting material from the readings.