The Policy Practice Concentration prepares social workers for practice involving the formulation, adoption, implementation and evaluation of all types of social service and social welfare policies. Typical Policy Practice activities include defining social problems, assessing needs, developing and implementing programs and forecasting future problems, needs, policies and programs. Policy Practice involves designing, implementing and evaluating programs involving a range of clients and citizens, with special emphasis on oppressed individual and groups. A critical element of Policy Practice is the ability to leverage the sources, allocation and mechanisms of transfer of resources and money for social service programs. Grant writing is a special skill needed by Policy Practitioners. Another important skill is the use of research methodologies, data and information in the policy-making process.Students and graduates of the program are trained for and meet their professional responsibilities in a variety of macro practice jobs. Typical career opportunities for Policy Practice graduates are found in public and private agencies as policy analysts, evaluators, planners, program and grant developers, legislative analysts, lobbyists and advocates, and as elected officials or the staff of elected officials. Because the School of Social Work is located near the state capital there are a large number of excellent field work placements that enable students to learn and practice Policy Practice skills. Graduates of the program work in a variety of leadership and important Policy Practice positions in the state, regional, national and global contexts.