Write a situational analysis report that describes your chosen social problem.

A situational analysis is an examination of a social problem, the population impacted, and the effectiveness of programs or interventions that are used to address it. Frequently, social workers and community planners jump straight to implementing interventions without a clear understanding of the social problem or the “situation.” This is poor practice because if you don’t clearly understand the problem or need, then you run the risk of implementing interventions that miss the target. This can lead to waste and inefficiency, which is already a negative stereotype of social services. When completing a situational analysis, one must become immersed into the literature, data, and online resources. In doing so, it is easy to become overwhelmed and disorganized in how you frame your summary of the situation.
Here we take a step back. Write a situational analysis report that describes your chosen social problem. The report is a factual descriiption of your chosen social problem, the need that arises from that problem, and the current state of interventions that are designed to address the need. The report is a summary of your analysis of a situation and is supported by the inclusion of administrative data, peer-reviewed articles, and stakeholder input. Your report of Situational Analysis should be no shorter than four pages but no longer than five pages.
Step 1: Read all instructions and review the Situational Analysis Outline (Word).
Step 2: Based on the resources you prepared for Assignment 2.2: Resource List, gather additional empirical articles and other data that can be used to develop and support your situational analysis, if needed. Use these resources to help you search for articles and data:
UNR LibraryLinks to an external site.
U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey Data Tools (Links to an external site.)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—Guide for Engaging Stakeholders (Links to an external site.)
You should utilize data from the following possible sources:
U.S. Census
Federal reports/surveys
Peer-reviewed articles
Step 3: Conduct and write a Situational Analysis that describes the targeted population, scope, and impact of your chosen social problem. Use the Situational Analysis Outline (Word) to help you organize data and resources in a cohesive format. Please ensure that you use headings from the outline to organize your paper.
Assignment Requirements
Your paper should be at least four pages and no more than five pages, double-spaced (the page count does not include your title page or references page).
Use Times New Roman, 12-point font.
Use current APA formatting for in-text citations and a references page, along with a title page and page numbers.
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Rubric
Assignment 3.1
Assignment 3.1
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLogic
Integration of knowledge of topic; demonstration of reasoning and high-quality paper
20 pts
Excellent
18 pts
Good
16 pts
Fair
14 pts
Poor
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReasoning
Justification of decisions and proposed plan
20 pts
Excellent
18 pts
Good
16 pts
Fair
14 pts
Poor
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEvidence-Based
Includes sufficient evidence-based resources
20 pts
Excellent
18 pts
Good
16 pts
Fair
14 pts
Poor
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInsight
Demonstrating an understanding of complex material
20 pts
Excellent
18 pts
Good
16 pts
Fair
14 pts
Poor
20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle
Writing mechanics and appropriate use of current APA formatting
20 pts
Excellent
18 pts
Good
16 pts
Fair
14 pts
Poor
20 pts
Total Points: 100
Situational Analysis Outline
The following outline should be considered in the completion of the report:
Introduction
 Briefly introduce a clearly defined social problem (population, situation, issue, problem, etc.).
 Set the stage for the rest of the paper (i.e. “tell them what you are going to tell them”)
 The introduction should be no longer than ½ page.
Descriiption of the social problem
 Provide a statistical profile of the problem
o Definition of the problem
o Trends (national, regional, local)
o Discuss the scope, severity, trends and implications of the social problem
 This section should be no longer than 1 page.
Descriiption of the social need
 Describe a specific need arising from the social problem and the population impacted
o Descriiption of the identified need
 Consider including: descriiption of the community, why the issue is important to
the community, possible consequences of not addressing the problem, what
matters to stakeholders
o Statistical profile of the population impacted (i.e. targeted by an intervention)
 Demographic profile of the population impacted (i.e. demographics)
 Theoretical explanations of the impact on the population
 Range of issues and/or primary issues faced by the population
 This section should be at least one page long.
Descriiption of the current state of interventions and effectiveness
o Describe resources/assets currently exist to address the need
o Discuss the state of evidence of effectiveness for those interventions
o What are the desired outcomes, how are they being measured, what is the status on achieving
those outcomes?
o This section should be at least two pages long.
Conclusion
o A descriiption of conclusions that can be drawn from the situational analysis
o Summary of strengths and weaknesses of the assessment
o Discussion of what additional information is needed in order to achieve a better understanding
of the social problem and the social need
o Implications for practice
o This section should be no longer than 1/2 page.

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