Hello Class! My name is Kate Williamson, and I designed this guide to help you with the research portion of your POLS 304 Research-Based Project. Move through each tab of the guide to help you identify, narrow and find reliable sources on your topic.
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The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your ability to identify and examine a political problem or challenge within the state of California, summarize and evaluate policy options designed to help resolve the problem or address the challenge, and present specific recommendations. To complete this project, you will need to identify and use a variety of appropriate resources to gather information and engage in critical analysis to create an informative and persuasive written policy analysis brief and an oral policy pitch.
The complete project consists of a progressive set of assignments that include
Each of these is briefly described below. Detailed instructions, requirements and basis for evaluation will be provided for each assignment of this project separately.
There are always political, social and/or economic opportunities and challenges in California. California's leaders make and implement policies to attempt to address a variety of problems across a wide range of issue areas while navigating a complicated (and often changing) political landscape.
The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has recently issued a report, California's Future, which "highlights the state’s most pressing long-term policy challenges in several key areas".
You will select one key issue area of the eleven identified by the PPIC, investigate and evaluate one of the current needs and relevant policy options, and recommend one or more alternatives.
In completing the various steps of this project you will
In a brief proposal (of about 100-200 words), you will (a) identify the issue area and the key current problem or challenge you will address, (b) describe your initial beliefs about the nature or cause of the problem (and, potentially, possible policy options.
An evaluative annotated bibliography is a list of sources - books, articles, videos, or other sources - with notes that includes citation information and a brief summary and evaluation of those sources with respect to their intended use (in this case, a policy analysis brief). This is different from a works cited list; a bibliography is a list of what you have read not just what you specifically reference in a final paper. Each annotation should be about one paragraph, between three to five sentences long (100-150 words).
For this project, your annotated bibliography will include a total of at least five (5) potential sources that represent a variety of types - news and magazine articles, government documents, books, academic journal articles, videos, interviews, etc.. It should be the result of the initial background research you conduct to develop your research question and evaluate the availability and quality of potential sources relevant to this project.