The policy analysis paper offers students an opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking skills in the policy practice arena. Utilizing the text book, government websites, and outside scholarly sources, students will: examine a social welfare policy of their choice and provide a written analysis of the existing policy in the chosen areas. Students will conduct extensive research surrounding this problem, including material from the textbook, updated information from web sites, sources provided in footnotes (from the text), media sources, political leaders’ writing, web sites, and public statements. Students will write a paper in the most recent APA style addressing the following areas: Type of policy – Give the name of the policy and discuss what type of policy it is. For example, does the policy help to reduce poverty in the USA? Brief history of the problem addressed by the policy – discuss when and how the policy was developed. What existed before the current policy? C. Does the policy work to reduce oppression/discrimination and create equality? What is working with the policy and what is not working? How does the policy create social and economic justice? D. What has been some of the good and bad outcomes of the policy? E. In your opinion, what changes should be made to the policy to improve its effectiveness?