Ideology, politics, and the influence of values  often override evidence-based policy. When there is evaluation conflict,  a policy advocate must be prepared to defend his/her reasons for  wanting to implement a policy. Because almost all proposed policies are  circumscribed by politics (for reasons brought up by Jansson throughout  the course when discussing the subtleties of policy implementation), you  should be prepared for some conflict, ranging from having your research  ignored, to having the accuracy of your data questioned, to having your  personal values brought into question.

In  this Discussion, you consider the assertion that the evaluation of  specific policies is often strongly influenced by values. You also  examine and evaluate ways to mitigate evaluation conflict to defend the  feasibility of your policy.

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice  (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.
Chapter 14, “Assessing Policy: Toward Evidence-Based Policy During Task 8” (pp. 488-503)

  1. Post a response to Jansson’s  assertion that evaluating specific policies is strongly influenced by  values with respect to the case of the evaluation of special services.  How do the values of evaluation conflict adhere to social work values?  What practices would you use to defend the feasibility of and  effectiveness of your evidence-based policy?
  2. why the evaluation of policies is often controversial and  political and how the values of evaluation conflict adhere to social  work values. What policy advocacy skills can social workers use to  ensure that appropriate evaluations are being conducted on policies?


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