An examination of frameworks for analyzing social welfare policies and programs, and the social worker’s role in policy development and implementation. Special emphasis is placed on a policy’s differential on women, minorities of color or other vulnerable groups who may be discriminated against by age, social class, sexual orientation, geographic location, etc. Selected policies related to income assurance, health, mental health, family-child welfare, and older adults are examined in detail. Skills are developed for involvement in policy analysis and advocacy.