Policy Analysis Paper

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Policy Analysis Paper


This assignment is an analysis of local, state, or federal health policy.

  1. Select a state health policy reform innovation
  2. Discuss the rationale for the policy, how it was adopted (e.g., federal waivers, passage by state legislature), the funding structure, and (to the extent statistical data are available) its impact. ethical outcome based on evidence.
  3. Examples of state innovations include Maryland’s hospital rate setting, Vermont’s single payer system, and Massachusetts’ health reforms

Submission Requirements:

  • The paper is to be clear and concise and students will lose points for improper grammar, punctuation and misspelling.
  • The paper is to be formatted per current APA style, 5-7 pages in length, excluding the title, abstract and references page.
  • Incorporate a minimum of 5 current (published within last five years) scholarly journal articles or primary legal sources (statutes, court opinions) within your work.
  • Journal articles and books should be referenced according to current APA style.
  • Complete and submit the assignment by 23:59 Sunday.

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Grading Rubric


Your assignment will be graded according to the grading rubric.

Final Essay/Paper Rubric
Criteria Ratings Points

Identification of Main Issues/Problems

10 points
Distinguished

Identify and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the issues/problems.

8 points
Excellent

Identifies and demonstrate an accomplished understanding of most of issues/problems.

6 points
Fair

Identifies and demonstrate an acceptable understanding of most of issues/problems.

4 points
Poor

Identifies and demonstrate an unacceptable understanding of most of issues/problems.

10 points

Analysis and Evaluation of Issues/Problems

10 points
Distinguished

Presents an insightful, thorough analysis and evaluation of issues/problems.

8 points
Excellent

Presents a thorough analysis and evaluation of most of the issues/problems.

6 points
Fair

Presents a superficial or incomplete analysis and evaluation of issues/problems.

4 points
Poor

Presents unacceptable analysis and evaluation of issues/problems.

10 points

Demonstrates a Conceptual Understanding

10 points
Distinguished

Provides a thorough, competent and interpretive responses to all issues/problems, and shows a high level of conceptual understanding.

8 points
Excellent

Provides a competent and interpretive responses to all issues/problems, and shows a moderate level of conceptual understanding.

6 points
Fair

Provides a competent responses to all issues/problems, but lacks interpretation and a moderate level of conceptual understanding.

4 points
Poor

Provides an unacceptable response to all issues/problems, and lacks interpretation and a moderate level of conceptual understanding.

10 points

Use of Citations to Course Readings and Additional Research/Literature

10 points
Distinguished

Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Exceptional use of citations and extended referencing.

8 points
Excellent

Effectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing.

6 points
Fair

Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. Moderate use of citations and extended referencing.

4 points
Poor

Ineffectively uses the literature and other resources to inform their work. An unacceptable use of citations and extended referencing.

10 points

Writing Mechanics and APA Formatting Guidelines

10 points
Distinguished

Demonstrate a high level of clarity, precision, and attention to detail. APA style is correct and writing is free of grammar and spelling errors.

8 points
Excellent

Demonstrate a high level of clarity. APA style and writing mechanics need more precision and attention to detail.

6 points
Fair

Demonstrate a moderate level of clarity. APA style and writing mechanics need more precision and attention to detail.

4 points
Poor

Demonstrates issues in writing and communicating clearly. APA style and writing mechanics need serious attention.

10 points

Total Points: 50