Stakeholder Analysis and Report

OverviewThis project asks you to examine an issue from a multitude of social perspectives by undertaking a stakeholder analysis, a method of analysis common in and outside of rhetorical studies. You’ll locate an issue, analyze multiple groups of stakeholders of that issue, and share the results of that analysis in a report.The SituationYou are a researcher that has been tasked with addressing a particular issue. Your goal as a researcher is to formulate a solid understanding of said issue, especially the key groups that care about/are affected by it (aka the stakeholders). You will identify the multiple groups of stakeholders related to the issue, research them, and share your findings in a report. You will later rely upon your report to craft and propose a plan to actually address that issue (this is the groundwork for Project 3).The StepsThere are several essential steps to completing this assignment. As you take these steps, you will be prepared to succeed by class activities, assigned readings, support documents, and one-on-one instruction.Step 1: Decide an IssueChoose an issue to focus on. When people or groups have differing beliefs about how we should think about or act upon a topic, we have an issue. For example, the topic of gender becomes an issue when companies/advocacy firms/individuals disagree about how gender identities should be considered in the workplace. The topic of journaling becomes an issue when writing teachers, students, and administrators have differing perspectives on the role of journaling in the writing classroom. No matter what issue you pick, you’ll also have to address it from multiple perspectives. In class, we will discuss how to distinguish between a topic and an issue and brainstorm possible examples.Note: You may choose to continue researching a topic that you studied in Project 1. You will definitely, though, continue studying this same issue in Project 3, so choose something you’re interested in writing about for the remainder of the semester. Also note that the term “issue,” here, does not imply a negative connotation; it simply means a topic is being approached from a multitude of perspectives.Step 2: Undertake Preliminary Research and Locate StakeholdersAfter choosing an issue, you’ll form a research question, which will guide your research process. A good research question should provide opportunities for you to engage with and enter into dialogue with multiple sources. We will spend time in class discussing what makes a good research question as well as how to decide on a research question based on your chosen issue. As you research, locate 4-6 groups who have stakes in this topic. For example, stakeholders of journaling in the classroom might be teachers, administrators, students, parents, scholars who publish about journaling, journal companies, and influencers who post about journaling. Be sure to identify at least one group each of primary, secondary, tertiary, and key stakeholders (these are groups that will be discussed and defined in class).Step 3: Research the StakeholdersAfter you’ve identified the stakeholders involved with your issue, you’ll need to find out more about them. Complete further research in order to know about who the stakeholders are and what they believe about the issue. Focus on finding sources that are representative of these groups’ thoughts, as well as on credible academic sources that write about these groups. We will discuss how to rank different tiers of stakeholders and how it relates to their interests in the issue.Step 4: Analyze the StakeholdersDetermine how these stakeholder groups’ values and interests might motivate their approaches to your issue—both in how that issue is currently treated and in how the issue could be better treated. Consider those groups’ varying levels of power and involvement.Step 5: Craft Your Findings into a ReportAfter you’ve collected knowledge about the stakes and stakeholders, you will organize your research in a report. You’ll learn in class about the report genre and how you can use its conventions to present information concisely and effectively.Minimum Requirements1500–2000 words, double-spaced with one inch margins12 point Times New Roman fontMLA (or APA) format (4 line heading upper left of first page, last name/pg # in upper right of each page)MLA (or APA) formatted Works Cited pageInclude an in-depth analysis and description of 4-6 stakeholder groups8–10 sources (a minimum of 4 scholarly sources & 4 additional credible sources), all cited in MLA/APA format

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