The identification of an aspect of the policy making process

This is an assignment that focuses on the identification of an aspect of the policy making process. The paper will eventually discuss the various questions on the topic.

The identification of an aspect of the policy making process

Paper Instructions
You will consider some aspect of the policy making process. You will choose and write about a problem or issue regarding the defense policy making process. Some aspect of how policy is formulated, who participates, or how participants interrelate to make and/or carry out policy. This writing assignment is modeled after concise memos which address the elements of a typical problem solving and policy making process.
This paper will follow the policy memo format below

Format
1.Firstly, a statement of the issue (or problem) and why it is important. Make sure the policy problem is clear to the reader.
2.Secondly, identification of the key stakeholders
3. Thirdly, a brief background description of the issue involved
4. Fourthly, alternative approaches to resolving or addressing the issue. Recommend identifying 3 alternative approaches to solving the policy problem or issue. Typically, one of these is the status quo, the current state of affairs that prompts the problem to be solved or leaves the opportunity unfulfilled. Each should have reasonable prospects for success.
5. Then, describe the criteria that will assess the relative merit of each and/or risk. Be specific about how you will “measure” each criterion, even if it is in qualitative terms. Consider applying weighting to distinguish the relative importance of each criterion to the policy outcome.

The identification of an aspect of the policy making process

6. Additionally, analyze the relative merits of each alternative. In general, it is not enough to describe pros and cons. Instead, the analysis will be more thorough and the results more persuasive to decision makers if the analysis applies specific criteria to establish the merits of each alternative. A decision matrix can be an effective way to present the results!!
7.  The approach and/or rationale for choosing among the alternatives.
8. Your recommended solution or argument
9. Lastly, the approach to implementation to include impediments to be overcome. The implementation strategy should take into account any impediments to implementation and address the means to deal with each.

A “force field analysis” can help reveal the implementation challenges and enablers. You should also explain how you will measure the outcomes to establish success.
*Addressing your paper to an individual or organization can help focus the paper. The format requires that writers distill thoughts down to their essential elements, with few wasted words or irrelevant discussion. Using short headings can also make the organization clear to the reader. A short, concise paper is most effective.
*Times new roman, double spaced, APA format, Also must have a reference page.