develop one Goal for addressing poverty within an at-risk population. The goal should be specific
and measurable. (a good framework is SMART goals (Links to an external site.)).
Using a minimum of three sources students will provide three possible or proposed Policy Solutions which
have already been explored.
From these three possible policies students will identify the single Best Policy option and explain your rationale.
Based upon one of these policies students will work to develop Policy Improvements or means for
implementation. This might mean addressing intersectionality, broadening scope, making a federal proposal
one that will work locally (or vice versa), this improvement could also focus on how to get public support for
said policy. This does not have to be your own idea. You may find something written by an advocacy group or
researcher, etc and support that improvement. Be sure to cite.
Elaborate on your policy proposal by further describing Implementation for Improvement (chose 3 to outline
and explain why):
Who would be eligible?
Would your eligibility rules be selective? Universal? Means tested? Who are the intended beneficiaries? The
What would those who are eligible receive? Intangible or concrete benefits? Limited scope or diversified?
Cash? In-kind? Vouchers?
Where and by whom would services be delivered?
Would they be centralized or decentralized? Professional providers, paraprofessionals, or lay?
How would the program or service be financed? Categorical or block grants? Entitlements or discretionary
funds? Federal, state or local? Voluntary contributions, general revenues, fee for service, sliding fee scale,
matching funds, dedicated tax, prior contribution, private contract?
After working on this project and taking this course, what do you think is the biggest Barrier to Policy Solutions
for poverty in the United States (or California if you focused more locally)? What role do you believe your future
profession plays in regards to this goal (in what ways do you think change is encouraged or impeded)?