Program Development & Evaluation
Program Development & Evaluation
Assignment formatting requirements:
? Times New Roman;
? Size 12;
? 1.5 spacing (1.5 spacing does not apply to tables and figures);
? with 2.5cm margin
? 2000 words (excluding references)
Due Date: 10th September 2016
The purpose of the assignments is to enable students to use planning and evaluation techniques ?To reduce the number of foot amputation due to diabetes among Indigenous population? (take one geographic location in Australia eg. NSW)
and tools to design a project within the area of their interests.
Funding opportunities will be available in the next six months for projects up to two years for the implementation of innovative preventive and promotional strategies targeting diverse population groups at high risk of being effected by diabetes, licit and illicit drug use, cancer, hepatitis, AIDS or cardio-vascular diseases. However, projects, which are not included in the above list but are innovative and can lead to better population health outcomes, may be considered. Partnerships across sectors are strongly encouraged, which may include hospitals, the criminal justice system, children and family welfare groups, community health agencies, Indigenous community-controlled organisations, mental health groups and homeless services. Only projects requiring a budget of no more than $300,000 in total will be considered.
Applicants must demonstrate:
? Attitudinal and social impact and the cost effectiveness of the project with the target group
? How the project adds value to the health sector; and
? Evidence to demonstrate the need for project and the significance of the approaches strategies proposed in the project.
Your organisation is planning to submit an application for funding to address one or a few of the problems identified in the last annual review. Before the project plan and application can be developed, the project development group of your organisation is assigned to conduct a needs analysis to inform the formulation of project ideas and the development of the project proposal. Upon completion of the needs analysis, as a group, you are asked to report on the findings including the information generated from the below steps.
What do you need to include?
1. In a short paragraph (no more than 250 words), provide a brief description of the problem(s) that you noticed/identified prior to conducting the needs analysis, which form the focus of your investigations. When explaining the problems, please ensure that the population that is affected by the problem is clearly identified.
2. In a table (refer to Table 1), please list the key steps that you took to gather information and evidence to assist you with addressing the tasks a, b & c as listed below. Please also explain what you expected to find or achieve by taking each of the proposed steps. Please specify the actual sources of the information and evidence clearly.
a.) To gather evidence to justify the needs for and significance of addressing the problem(s).You also need to take into consideration the availability / capacity of the current services in addressing similar problems. Therefore, a service gap analysis may be conducted.
b.) To identify and priorities possible approaches/interventions in addressing the problem(s) informed by available and up-to-date evidence.
c.) To make suggestions on what are the best strategies/approaches to be adapted to addressing such problems. Although no extensive amount of details are required, you do need to justify such recommendations based on a number of considerations: such as organisation?s capacity, organisation?s strategic direction, acceptability to target population, costs etc.
Table 1. Needs Analysis Plan
Brief description of the types of information /
evidence that you collected (try to limit one type of
information for each row) Explain how did you collect this specify type of
information and/or sources from which the
information / evidence were accessed. If you did not complete this step or
were unable to collect all information
as planned, please explain why briefly.
Please add rows and adjust the table when required.
Please note, you are asked to provide details of the steps that you took to conduct the needs analysis. Therefore, no justification of why these steps were chosen is required. Therefore, references may not be necessary.
3 In a paragraph or two (no more than 250 words), explain the types of information were important to the needs analysis, but you were unable to collect. Please justify why these important types of information were not collected. If you were able to collect all key types of information, then please simply write a short sentence saying that all key steps were completed successfully and all information that were important to the needs analysis were collected.
4 Within 600 words, please detail the problem(s) identified with evidential support. You need to justify clearly; i) why there are such problems, ii) the significant impacts attributed to the problems, or iii) the problems should not be addressed. Please ensure the specific population group(s) affected by the problems is/are clearly defined. You also need to discuss whether there have been efforts to address the problems. If yes, what is the current service capacity in addressing the problems and what are the gaps for further interventions or services? If no, you need to discuss why these problems have not been addressed by current efforts/services.
5 Within 300 words, propose two to three solutions that can address the identified problems with brief justification and evidential support.
6 All references used in the text need to be detail at the end of the report.
Marks Project Proposal details
4.5 ? Overall presentation and formatting (1)
? Overall writing / expression (2)
? All evidence provided is properly referenced and listed using APA style (1.5).
2.5 Problems noticed / identified which formed the focus of the investigation are
clearly described and explained within the word limit; Population affected by the
?problems? are clearly determined.
5 Comprehensively completed Table 1 and other required information
6 Using evidence to discuss the significant of the problems identified which include
scale and scope of the problems and their impact, to what extent the needs for
addressing the problems have been met or not been met.
3 Services that are currently being provided that may have the capacity to address (or
partially address these needs) the problems were explained and discussed?
The current and future service gaps were clearly specified and justified.
3 Two to three solutions that can address the identified problems were explained
with brief justification and evidential support.
1 Evidence sourced is relevant and sufficient to support the discussions and recommendations. Note: Data should primarily come from reliable sources such as government census, survey and research findings. Data generated internally within the organisation such as service data etc. are also useful.