You will develop and present a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation based on a family issue. This presentation should be geared toward a group that is familiar with your topic and the part of the population impacted by this issue. The following points should guide your presentation:
- Content: Your presentation should include the same sections that are in your papers (Introduction, Scope, Policy Description, Policy Impact, and Personal Reaction), only now you will need to present them in bullet point and graphic form rather than in paragraphs. Use tables, charts, graphs, and pictures to illustrate the scope and effects of the issue as well as the impact (or lack thereof) of the discussed policy.
- ***IMPORTANT***Extension of the policy discussion: In addition to the components from your paper, you will also need to take the analysis of the policy one step further by suggesting improvement or alternative policies that will better address the issue. If you think the current policy is broken, how would you fix it? If you think the policy works, what could make it work better? Build off of your discussion of the impact of the policy and take the next step. Be sure to highlight the challenges and limitations of implementing your suggested changes. This doesn’t need to be comprehensive, but you should demonstrate that you have thought through the challenges of drafting a new policy beyond the first steps.
- Citations: Just as with your papers, this presentation is to use cited research and statistics to show how the issue impacts different kinds of families, and how the policy in question has or has not helped the issues. You should use in-tect citations and APA format in the slides and include a page of references as your final slide.
- Introduction – “What’s the problem?” Students will write a brief summation of the issue and how it impacts families. This should be no longer than a paragraph and should be informed by the content provided in Canvas as well as relevant outside research. APA-style citations should be included in-text to identify relevant source material.
- Scope of the problem – “How big is the problem?” Students will use the resources provided and relevant outside research to describe the scope and impact of the issue on families (include statistics/number of people impacted). Particular attention will be paid to evidence of unequal or different impacts based on gender, race, SES, age, sexual orientation, family structure, or other relevant family demographics. This section should be at least one-half page in length and should include in-text citations for the source content.
- Description of policy – “What has been done to help/ fix the problem?” Using the information provided in Canvas and any relevant outside sources, students will describe a policy or set of policies that aim to address the focal family issue. This section will be no more than one paragraph and should include a brief description of the policy and its purpose along with appropriate APA citations back to the relevant source material.
- Evaluation of impact – “Did the fix work?” Students will digest information from provided sources and relevant outside source material and prepare a brief (approx. one-half page) summary of the impact the identified policy has had on the focal family issue. Citing relevant sources, using APA, the students will describe how the policy has or has not impacted the family issue (the policy’s intended consequences) as well as any unintended consequences that may have resulted from the policy’s implementation. As with the above sections, this portion should be primarily informed by research and should contain APA in-text citations for used source material.
- Personal reaction – “How do I feel about it?” Having outlined the issue, relevant policy, and its impact, students will conclude their paper with a brief discussion of their own opinions on the issue and policy. Students should describe their opinions in light of the information they included earlier in the paper and should discuss how those opinions were or were not influenced by their research for this paper. As this is entirely based on opinion, there is no right or wrong answer for this section. Instead, points will be based on whether the students clearly articulate their opinion and how they arrived at it.