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Preparing Your Final Paper

For this assessment, you will build on the assessments you completed for Modules 3 and 6. As you will recall, in Module 3, you were asked to conduct an assessment of a health topic in a defined population using the PRECEDE portion of the PRECEDE-PROCEED model. Later, in Module 6, you created a logic model that your hypothetical organization will follow to address your identified health topic. This paper should be comprehensive in nature, including assignments from Module 3 and Module 6 (be sure to revise them as needed based on instructor feedback). In addition, you will be asked to develop a program evaluation, budget outline and justification, and project timeline.

For the purpose of this paper:

You will describe a program intervention. Your intervention will be 12 months in length and you are given a budget of no more than $100,000. Programs must be completed within 12 months.

Your Final Paper should be organized as follows.

  1. Description of your organization. Include your hypothetical organization information portion from your Module 6 assignment. Be sure this includes recommended revisions per instructor feedback, if appropriate.
  2. Description of your program. Include your program information, as follows.
    1. Include your program mission, goals, and objectives from your Module 6 assignment.
    2. Include your health problem statement from your Module 6 assignment.
    3. Include your description of your intervention from your Module 6 assignment, including your organizational plan, service utilization plan, and logic model.
  3. Description of your program evaluation
    1. Provide a brief statement of where you plan to direct your evaluation resources: to process evaluation activities, to impact evaluation activities, to outcome evaluation activities, or some combination. Indicate, if appropriate, why you want to focus your resources there.
    2. Indicate plans for data sources/collection, data analysis, and the evaluation design that will be employed. Note how data collection tools will be developed and by whom, whether they will pull from existing surveys or other data sources, or be created for the purpose of your evaluation.
    3. Consider the personnel you will involve in collecting the data. You can do this as you go through the sections below or at the end, whichever makes sense narratively, and if there are other resources you will need to execute the evaluation, such as hiring a survey research firm or some other large contract, or just hiring data collection staff for a single month. Make sure you identify how the evaluation will be coordinated, such as using a project manager for evaluation. You will need this information for your budget. In addition, based on your data collection tools, consider if personnel will be needed to develop the tools.
    4. Describe plans for the following types of evaluations, if you are doing one.
      1. Process evaluation: In your logic model, you described project activities. Describe the process evaluation questions you will answer to track your program’s progress. Identify no more than four or five (and less is fine) specific research questions for your process evaluation. Describe the measures and data collection activities you will use to answer your evaluation questions. Identify the type of design that you will employ (Is it a pre- or post-test? Is there a comparison or control group? If so, how will it be selected?). Remember that you may use multiple measures and data collection activities to answer any given question. Thus, if you are focusing on outreach or enrollment, and have a number of different ways you plan to answer the general evaluation question of “Did we reach and engage the target population?”, describe each. When you discuss the methods you will use to collect data (focus groups, surveys, attendance sheets, etc.) you need not provide these, but indicate what types of things they will collect (data about satisfaction, knowledge, attitudes, etc.). Remember to think about when you will collect the data during the program’s life. Think too and briefly discuss how you will feed process evaluation information back into the program to adjust it.
      2. Outcome evaluation: Identify the specific evaluation questions you will use to determine if your project was effective in changing what it set out to change (again, not too many). Describe the measures and data collection activities you will use to answer your evaluation questions. Identify the type of design that you will employ (Is it a pre- or post-test? Is there a comparison or control group? If so, how will it be selected?) Again, you may use multiple measures and data collection activities to answer any given question. If your questions are about if people report behavior change, then make clear how you will measure this, how you will collect the data, and when you will collect it.
      3. Impact evaluation: Identify the outcome question(s) you want to answer. If your program is not expected to have a reach large enough to make an impact on the health outcomes of a community, neighborhood, or city, then an impact evaluation may not make sense. Identify the measures and the data source that you will use to answer the question.
  4. Description of your program budget
    1. Provide a budget narrative\justification. The budget should have two items.
      1. Personnel costs: Briefly identify the personnel that will be involved in carrying out your program. It is not necessary to note them by name, but note their title. Also note their time or the number of hours that they will work on project activities—part-time, full-time, or a percentage of time (e.g., Executive Director commits 20% of their time). Also include fringe benefits—they generally range between 17-22 percent of salaries.
      2. Other than personnel services (OTPS): Briefly describe all costs associated with the project that are not staffing costs (e.g., rent, equipment, travel, office supplies, stipends for participants, etc.); and contract personnel—additional professional expertise or temporary staff assistance (e.g., hiring a survey research firm or some other large contract, or just hiring data collection staff for a single month for the evaluation).
    2. Provide a budget worksheet (attach as an appendix).
  5. Description of your project timeline
    1. Attach a project timeline as an appendix. Plug in where the major evaluation activities you identified above will intersect with your program milestones. For instance, if you expect to recruit 100 high-risk program participants in the first 3 months of your program, and you plan to evaluate whether that milestone was reached and what worked/what didn’t, you would note in your timeline when you would look at enrollment figures (month 4?) and assess who did and didn’t enroll. Not every activity needs to appear in the timeline, but the major ones should.
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