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Chapter 3

S W 323K Chapter 3: Chapter 3Premium

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Social Work
Course Code
S W 323K
R Ambrosino

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Chapter 3: Obtaining Skills and Competencies for Policy Advocacy
Contextual factors in micro policy advocacy and mezzo policy advocacy include court rulings,
legislation, revenue streams, positive or adverse publicity for an agency, accreditation
standards, and advocacy groups.
Stakeholders persons, such as the following, with a vested interest in a specific policy or issue
being contested.
Policy initiators are persons or groups that initiate a change in existing policy
Bystanders take no part in policy deliberations
Policy responders people who seek to modify or change the policy proposals of the initiators
Opposers people who decide to block or modify proposals.
Ethical tasks using ethics and analysis to decide if specific policies are meritorious whether on
ethical grounds or with respect to their relative effectiveness in redressing specific social
Navigational task deciding where to focus and position their policy intervention, such as
whether to seek changes at the local, state, or federal level
Agenda-setting task practitioners gauge whether the contest is favorable for policy initiative
and they evolve early strategy to place it on policy makers agenda.
Problem analyzing task practitioners analyze the causes and nature of specific problems and
gather information about their prevalence and geographic location
Proposal writing task practitioners develop solutions to specific problems
Policy-enacting task practitioners try to have polices approved or enacted by using various
influence and power resources
Analytic skills to evaluate social problems and develop policy proposals, to analyze the
severity of specific problems, to identify the barriers to policy implementation, and to develop
strategies for assessing programs.
Political skills to gain and use power and to develop and implement political strategy
Interactional skills to participate in task groups, such as committees and coalitions, and to
persuade other people to support specific policies
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