How to write a social policy proposal

Updated April 17, 2017

Social policy is a part of the general public policy arena and it concerns social issues. In the area of legal and federally mandated guidelines, social policy is designed to develop, maintain and grow positive changes in living conditions. Subjects covered include human services and health care, education, labour, housing, Social Security, taxation, unemployment, inequality, disability and criminal justice. Academically, social policy studies the systematic evaluation of social need responses. Social policy also refers to social and economic justice, family, religion and civil rights issues.

Prepare a social policy planning checklist. Conduct research online, in the library, outside resources and with any applicable business colleagues. Identify clearly what social issue or problem is being addressed. For example, if it concerns criminal justice, consider researching crime and the effect of punitive policies. List the affected stakeholders and their involvement at each stage of the social policy development.

Summarise the social policy proposal concisely at the very beginning of the paper. Identify, define and articulate the appropriate state or federal social agency. Obtain guidelines and deadlines from the social agency. Write a proposal outline after conducting a literature search.

Compose the first draft of the social policy proposal. Include an introduction that includes reliable and sourced facts and figures. Write the problem statement. For example, if the social policy issue relates to a particular demographic segment, such as Hispanics, use relevant and current government statistics. You might, for example, demonstrate how diversity resources may identify or enhance the social and economic influence of the segment in the United States.

Include an objectives section. This should be about 50% of the social policy proposal. List the specific social policy goals. For example, the objectives could be to address social inequality in certain communities. Analyse the policy options with pros and cons for each option. One of the options to address social inequality could be to increase literacy rates by improving the overall education quality . Explain the value trade-offs of one option over another. Make recommendations, explaining the judgment factors used. Ensure that your social policy paper provides a fair and balanced analysis that can be used by policymakers in decision making.

Write a methodology section that includes researched facts and figures supporting the social policy objectives. If crime reduction is the focus, show how crime rates may be lowered by an increase in socially based opportunities such as a local community centre. Having qualified teachers and staff would also be key resource considerations.

Specify how the social policy is going to evaluated. Provide social policy options from different points of view. For example, if the proposal involves global social policy, include data from several international sources. This will allow for more informed decision making. Present and describe each option in connection with the facts provided in the background section of the social policy document.

Provide dissemination details. Show how the social policy proposal outputs will be published. Prepare a budget showing your funding requirements. List references and resources and include the resumes of key project personnel. Write an abstract or an executive summary.


Research existing laws concerning the social policy proposal and incorporate or reference them to provide a complete and factual presentation. Be certain that the paper presents a clear direction with an implementable solution.

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Susan S. Davis is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the L.A. Press Club. She was managing editor of "The Hosting News" and a columnist at Online Dating Magazine. Davis attended Chicago's Medill School of Journalism, and holds an A.A.S. in radio broadcasting from Minnesota Business College and a certificate in paralegal studies from University of California, Los Angeles.