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The Micro, Mezzo and Macro Levels of Policy Practice

Historically, social scientists have had a vigorous involvement at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of policy practice, thus creating a larger impact at various levels of the spectrum. Social policy analysis critically evaluates the effectiveness of social policy. By understanding the outcomes of these policies and making recommendations, social workers inform future decision making. Key areas of social policy are wellbeing and welfare, poverty reduction, social security, justice, unemployment insurance, living conditions, animal rights, pensions, health care, social housing, family policy, social care, child protection, social exclusion, education policy, crime, criminal justice system veteran programs and others.

Once you select your social policy, provide the following information about the policy.

1. The Issue: Clearly define the social problem the policy addresses.
2. Background: Describe the historical development and original intent of the policy and how it attempts to address the social problem in question.
3. Analysis: Analyze the social policy, focusing on its strengths and limitations in addressing the problem.
4. Recommendation: Propose social policy alternatives that might better address the problem.
5. Conclusion