Evaluating a Social Intervention

1. Find a Canadian article from the past year in the newspaper (it can be from news print or an on-line article) that profiles/discusses a social intervention (e.g., methadone clinics, Food Banks, new legislation being proposed).

2. Review the article. Clearly state which social intervention and which social issue is being addressed in the article. Provide a brief summary of the social intervention and social issue being profiled. Please cite the source of the article (APA). (This section ½ page max)

3. You are going to discuss (i.e., critique/evaluate) the social intervention (by answering questions in section 4) from the perspective of three different groups:
• Group 1:The consumers/clients of the social intervention or victims of the social issue
• Group 2: Aparticular group within society (e.g., political party, business, a specific neighbourhood)who are likely to beopposedto the social intervention
• Group 3:Helping professionals(e.g., SSW) who may have to work with the individuals affected by the issue

4. Fromeach group perspective, answer the following questions (objective writing):

a. Describe the group’s most likely position/stance/opinion on the social intervention being profiled.How would they say thesocial intervention affects/impacts them (i.e., discuss benefits and/or negative impacts of the social intervention to the group).

b. What informs the group’s position/stance/opinion (i.e., why does the group view things from this perspective; how did this position/stance/opinion develop)? (hint: think about experiences, values, beliefs e.g., critical vs. traditional perspective, views on equity, justice, dignity and worth of people etc.).

c. What gets in the way of the group’s ability to possibly see things from another perspective? What prevents this group from seeing the issue clearly or from other perspectives. What are they not potentially seeing? Explain.

Where appropriate, use research to back up your points (APA ).Suggested length: approximately 1 or 1 ½ page(s) for each group.