FAMILY IMPACT ANALYSIS (50 points)
One of the most important skills for students to acquire during this course is the ability to apply
the Family Impact Lens to existing and proposed policies. One of the ways to carry out this task
is to conduct a formal Family Impact Analysis. For this assignment, students will conduct a
family impact analysis of a specific existing or currently proposed policy. You may choose any
policy; this includes ones we did not cover in class. However, it must be a different policy from
the one you did your presentation and the other two papers on.
Students are strongly encouraged to use the Family Impact Checklist to guide their writing, and
view example analyses on the Family Institute Website (both links are provided at the bottom).
Papers should include an APA format title page, APA headers, APA-style citations, and an APA
format reference page. The body of the paper may be no more than four pages long, and should
be single-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins. Students do not
need to prepare an abstract for this assignment.
There are four parts to this assignment:
1. Students will identify and briefly summarize a current or proposed policy, and identify
what families might be affected by the policy. Students should be attentive to both direct
and indirect effects.
2. Students will use the family impact principles to determine how families are or can be
supported by this policy. Be sure to support claims with clear arguments and specific
3. Using the family impact principles, students will identify how families are or might be
undermined by this policy. Be sure to support claims with clear arguments and specific
4. Students will address whether there are beneficial effects that might have been
overlooked without family impact analysis, or if there are harmful effects that a family
impact analysis might help avoid.