POL246 Public Policy Analysis Research Paper, MU, Singapore: A Scoping Paper Is To Include An Outline Of The Policy Issue, A Well Developed Outline Of The Stakeholders
Assignment 1: Policy Problem Scoping Paper: 700 Words (25%)
It is recommended you choose the same policy for Assignment 2: Policy problem scoping paper, and Assignment 3: Policy Briefing paper.
A scoping paper is to include an outline of the policy issue, a well-developed outline of the stakeholders and related policy actors (internal and external), and a list of the legislative requirements that frame the policy area.
A scoping paper must include the following parts:
- The policy area of your interest (brief outline) and identification of the specific policy (150 words), full sentences are required.
- An outline of the causal factors that contribute to the policy problem (150 words), full sentences are required
- A list of the policy stakeholders and actors involved in the policy issue (100 words), full sentences are required.
- A list of the legislative requirements, for example, Acts, Parliamentary Inquiries, Strategy papers and reports (100 words); dot points are acceptable
- Provisional reference list (not part of the word limit, must show research beyond the unit readings)
Note: Parts A and B must be written in full sentences; Part D can form a list with dot points. Part E must follow an appropriate reference format.
Assignment 2: Briefing Paper – 2500 Words (40%)
An important aspect of policy work is the capacity to write coherent policy briefs. A policy brief is not an essay. Rather, the aim of the brief is to provide a Minister or government agency with key information on a policy issue. A briefing paper aims to provide a concise and coherent explanation of the issue and it must provide the decision makers with relevant information to enable a decision to be made. It often involves demonstrating a need to change or alter a current policy; form a new policy or cease a current policy.
A good briefing paper must include:
- A clear statement of the topic
- A concise summary of the issue
- Argument and evidence that demonstrates the need for change of some kind
- Recommendations for action, backed up by evidence
- Any appendices that would assist the decision-makers to move on the issue
- A reference list
Please note the following for the development of your report.
- A contents page is required. Please also note that the report can include headings and sub-headings.
- Evidence to support your analysis of the policy. If appropriate this may include statistics.
- Tables and figures. These can be useful but must enhance the clarity and/or strength of your arguments. All tables and figures also require a heading. The main information in the tables and figures must be discussed in the text of the report. Avoid the practice of inserting a table or figure without it ever being mentioned in the text.