Google search for searching several government websites at once, find government reports and laws
ArticlesPlus - first green tab on library's main page. Can search by topic and find books, newspapers, videos, articles, etc. on topic. You will get a lot of results, but you can narrow down to specific kinds of information.
Important questions to consider for a policy analysis and where to look to answer them:
Hint... the resources are above ;)
1. What is the social welfare problem? How much of a problem was it- did it affect a lot of people? Who?
2. What was happening just prior to the passing of this law that tries to address the social welfare problem? What or who were the influencers? What biases are at play?
3. How did the law try to address the social welfare problem? What were the goals of the law?
4. Was the law effective? Did the law create programs that helped people? Did it have side effects? Who/what did it hurt?
5. Has the law changed since being enacted? In what way? Why?
This portion of the Social Work guide is tailored to your class, specifically for Analyzing and Researching Social Welfare Policy.
Below there is a tutorial that is a supplement to your text. This is also linked in Blackboard. And following is your policy investigation assignment. This is designed to prepare you for your policy analysis presentation and how to research. If you have any questions, refer to your Blackboard course or to Hanna Schmillen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Make sure you have reviewed the Assignment Resources on the left before continuing through the Policy Investigation Assignment.
This investigation will task you to perform a mini policy analysis on the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA). You will need to use the Policy Assignment Resources to guide you to where to search for evidence and answers to this assignment. Throughout the investigation, as you move from one question to the next, you will be given example answers. These are just examples as you should be using your own words and sources.
For your grade, you will need to upload your 'Certificate of Completion' to Blackboard. Your certificate will be displayed after your results table which will break down your answers and compare them to my example answers. A passing grade is 86% or above.