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Week 3 Project: Drafting a Policy and Program

For this high-stakes assignment, you will draw upon the work you have completed thus far, and take your intervention plan through the next two stages. First, you’ll draft a policy and a program in response to the problem you have been considering, then you’ll choose which approach is preferable. Having made the choice between program and policy, you’ll then create an action plan for moving forward.

Your written report should cover the following specific areas:

Program

  • Describe the program you intend to create.
  • Define the target population—Who or what is the target?
  • Define target selection and intake procedures—How are targets selected and recruited for the intervention?
  • Define program components such as the precise nature, amount, and sequence of activities—Who does what to whom, in what order, and how much?
  • Define the job descriptions of the staff and list the skills and training required.

Policy

  • Draft a specific policy statement that addresses the problem.
  • Define the target population of the policy—Who are included and who are not?
  • Identify the responsible authority—Who is required to carry out the policy and the responsibilities?
  • Define the provisions and procedures of the policy.

Intervention Selection

Choose between the program and policy options that you have described, and justify your choice. Explain why you have chosen to proceed with the intervention that you selected.

Action Plan

This section of your report will present your action plan for implementing the program or policy.

Your action plan should follow the specific steps presented in the lecture and readings:

  • Identify resources needed and make cost projections.
  • Plan to acquire or reallocate resources.
  • Specify the time it will take to accomplish the implementation tasks. List the specific activities that will need to be accomplished and assign responsibility for each task to a particular employee. You may refer to job titles rather than make up employee names.
  • Develop mechanisms for self-regulation.
  • Specify a plan to build and maintain support.

If you have the ability to create a Gantt chart, include it with your action plan.

Make certain that you support your analysis with proper reasoning. Use structured text like bolding, headings, bulleted lists, and charts/tables where appropriate to increase the clarity of your communication.

Submit your Program or Policy Design document in a 6- to 8-page Word document. Name your file SU_MCJ6004_W3_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

Week 3 Project: Drafting a Policy and Program

For this high-stakes assignment, you will draw upon the work you have completed thus far, and take your intervention plan through the next two stages. First, you’ll draft a policy and a program in response to the problem you have been considering, then you’ll choose which approach is preferable. Having made the choice between program and policy, you’ll then create an action plan for moving forward.

Your written report should cover the following specific areas:

Program

  • Describe the program you intend to create.
  • Define the target population—Who or what is the target?
  • Define target selection and intake procedures—How are targets selected and recruited for the intervention?
  • Define program components such as the precise nature, amount, and sequence of activities—Who does what to whom, in what order, and how much?
  • Define the job descriptions of the staff and list the skills and training required.

Policy

  • Draft a specific policy statement that addresses the problem.
  • Define the target population of the policy—Who are included and who are not?
  • Identify the responsible authority—Who is required to carry out the policy and the responsibilities?
  • Define the provisions and procedures of the policy.

Intervention Selection

Choose between the program and policy options that you have described, and justify your choice. Explain why you have chosen to proceed with the intervention that you selected.

Action Plan

This section of your report will present your action plan for implementing the program or policy.

Your action plan should follow the specific steps presented in the lecture and readings:

  • Identify resources needed and make cost projections.
  • Plan to acquire or reallocate resources.
  • Specify the time it will take to accomplish the implementation tasks. List the specific activities that will need to be accomplished and assign responsibility for each task to a particular employee. You may refer to job titles rather than make up employee names.
  • Develop mechanisms for self-regulation.
  • Specify a plan to build and maintain support.

If you have the ability to create a Gantt chart, include it with your action plan.

Make certain that you support your analysis with proper reasoning. Use structured text like bolding, headings, bulleted lists, and charts/tables where appropriate to increase the clarity of your communication.

Submit your Program or Policy Design document in a 6- to 8-page Word document. Name your file SU_MCJ6004_W3_A2_LastName_FirstInitial.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.

Page 1 of 2 Final Project Scenario

©2007 South University

Final Project Scenario

Tensions between the minority community and the police are regrettable problems in the United States. One city, Fictionland, has experienced tremendous population growth and demographic changes in the past 50 years. The Fictionland Police Department has been criticized by a powerful citizen-based organization, Center for Justice, for engaging in illegal racial profiling tactics and for being generally unresponsive to complaints about police harassment and police brutality allegedly committed against members of the minority community.

Details

The Fictionland Police Department in New Jersey was established in 1945 to deal with the community’s growing concern with traffic congestion and increasing crime rates. Fictionland’s population in 1945 was 5,000 and predominantly Caucasian. According to the latest census figures, Fictionland’s population is now 68,000 and racially diverse. Approximately 25 percent of the Fictionland population is a racial minority. The latest projections suggest that if this trend continues, at some point, Fictionland with be 51 percent white and 49 percent racial minority. The department had 14 full-time police officers on staff in 1945, and all were Caucasian. Today, the department has 60 full-time officers with only two minority officers on staff. Over the past five years, members of the Center for Justice have claimed that Fictionland police have harassed many minority citizens and, on several occasions, have engaged in acts of police brutality. In particular, the Center for Justice claimed that minorities have been the victims of racial profiling in traffic stops. Seventy-two members of the minority community have filed complaints to the Fictionland Police Department claiming that they have been pulled over without just cause. In each instance, Internal Affairs (IA) has investigated the complaints and found no wrongdoing. In one of the many incidents of racial profiling, last year a complaint was lodged against Officer Tim Smith, a fifteen-year veteran of the force, for racial profiling and police brutality against Antoine Jones, a prominent business owner. Again, IA Unit investigated the complaint and found no wrongdoing and took no action. Approximately two weeks after the IA handed down their decision on the complaint against Officer Tim Smith, a damaging videotape was leaked to the press from a whistle-blower in the Fictionland Police Department. The videotape showed Officer Tim Smith following Antoine Jones’ car. You could hear Officer Smith saying, “Homeboy in a Mercedes, must be a crack dealer.” on the videotape prior to turning his siren on. Officer Smith approached Mr. Jones and said, “Boy, give me your license and registration now!” When Mr. Jones complied and handed the documents over, Officer Smith threw the license to the ground. Officer Smith ordered Mr. Jones to get out of his car and to pick up his license. Mr. Jones was deferential and complied with the order. The videotape clearly shows, without any provocation, Officer Smith pepper-spraying Mr. Jones in the face. Mr. Jones was handcuffed and taken into custody. The arrest report, prepared by Officer Smith, stated that Mr. Jones swung at Officer Smith and resisted arrest. Eight similar complaints against Officer Smith had been filed in the past. Each of the complaints was investigated, with IA Unit exonerating Officer Smith on each occasion.

Page 2 of 2 Final Project Scenario

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The Center for Justice claims that the IA Unit is unresponsive and tends to be dismissive of their complaints. The reputation of the Fictionland Police Department has been sullied, and members of the minority community, to this day, do not trust their local police department. Some members of the community are reluctant to contact the police because of negative encounters they have experienced in the past.

Final Project Assignments

The final project assignments will include identifying the problem in the scenario, developing a response policy or program to rectify the situation, monitoring and evaluating the developed policy or program from weeks 1 through 6. Students will be asked to analyze the scenario to identify organizational problems that might have created this tension and to develop a response (policy or program) that will rectify the situation. Moreover, students will be asked to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the policy/program that was implemented.