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Policy Analysis and Application to Marginalized and Oppressed Groups

Resources
• Article: America’s Progress in Achieving the Legalization of Same-Gender Adoption: Analysis of Public Opinion, 1994 to 2012
Optional Resource:
• Website: Legal Information Institute
Background Information
How do you know whether or not a policy is effective or how it is impacting you or your clients? Sometimes you will notice or observe directly the impact a policy is having; other times, it requires careful analysis and your own research to determine the effects a policy is having on social work practice and the people it purports to be helping. In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to dig deeper into a social policy that relates to same-sex adoptions, including a state policy on same-sex adoption. Your understanding of research will enable you to better understand whether or not others’ research on a policy has used sound principles and rigorous methods.
Instructions

2. Write a paper, addressing the following:
1. Review the methods and results of the article “America’s Progress in Achieving the Legalization of Same-Gender Adoption: Analysis of Public Opinion, 1994 to 2012” and answer the following:
? How would you go about doing a research study on the topic of same-sex adoption?
? What methods would you use and why?
? How would you go about measuring the variables that you would want to study?
2. Locate at least one state law or policy regarding same-sex adoption (you can use the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute to find laws or policies for each state in US) at https://www.law.cornell.edu/states/listing or you can often find laws by doing a general Internet search. Answer the following:
? What did you discover about the law or policy?
? How do you think researching that policy might inform social work practice?

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