developing an evaluation plan for a public health care program of your choice



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REPORT ON DEVELOPING AN EVALUATION PLAN
This assignment requires you to focus on developing an evaluation plan for a public health care program of your choice. Your report will analyse the issues that arise in the planning process and the decisions that need to be made. You will need to select a public health program with which you are familiar. This may be a whole program or project, or in the case of a large initiative, a discrete part of it. To avoid confusion, you are advised to choose a program or part that has clearly defined goals, objectives and strategies.

Your analytical report must include the following:
• Introduction and conclusion (total 500 words)
• Summary of the evaluation plan (may be a full summary or in the case of a large program a sample of the overall plan) to be submitted in table format as per the proforma over the page. (500 words)
• Rationale for your evaluation plan addressing key design issues that are relevant to your example. For example, you should address and justify decisions about scope, timing, stakeholders, who will undertake the evaluation, process/impact/ outcome evaluation questions, ethical and political issues and appropriate methods etc. (1000 words)
• Analysis of the main factors that you think will influence the successful dissemination and utilisation of the evaluation findings (500 words)

Format to be followed
• Introduction – 1) Program chosen 2) Description of the program 3) Evaluation plan table 4) Rational – detail for evaluation plan 5) Strategies for successful dissemination and utilization of the evaluation report
• Description of the program
• Table for Evaluation Plan – Title and Goal
• Rationale – Details for evaluation plan for making it successful + Justify why is it useful
• Strategies for SDU (Successful Dissemination Utilization)
• Conclusion 

• References

Assignment 3 – Report on developing an evaluation plan

This assignment requires you to focus on developing an evaluation plan for a public health care program of your choice. Your report will analyse the issues that arise in the planning process and the decisions that need to be made. You will need to select a public health program with which you are familiar. This may be a whole program or project, or in the case of a large initiative, a discrete part of it. To avoid confusion, you are advised to choose a program or part that has clearly defined goals, objectives and strategies.

 

Your analytical report must include the following:

  • Introduction and conclusion (total 500 words)
  • Summary of the evaluation plan (may be a full summary or in the case of a large program a sample of the overall plan) to be submitted in table format as per the proforma over the page. (500 words)
  • Rationale for your evaluation plan addressing key design issues that are relevant to your example. For example, you should address and justify decisions about scope, timing, stakeholders, who will undertake the evaluation, process/impact/ outcome evaluation questions, ethical and political issues and appropriate methods etc. (1000 words)
  • Analysis of the main factors that you think will influence the successful dissemination and utilisation of the evaluation findings (500 words)

 

Format to be followed

  • Introduction – 1) Program chosen 2) Description of the program 3) Evaluation plan table 4) Rational – detail for evaluation plan 5) Strategies for successful dissemination and utilization of the evaluation report
  • Description of the program
  • Table for Evaluation Plan – Title and Goal
  • Rationale – Details for evaluation plan for making it successful + Justify why is it useful
  • Strategies for SDU (Successful Dissemination Utilization)
  • Conclusion
  • References

Goal: Overall aim

Objectives Strategies Process Indicators Data Collection Methods of Process Indicat Impact/Outcome Indicators Data Collection Methods of 2 Effect Indicators
Sub-aim that’s measurable – specify amount of change and timeframe, e.g. 50% of population aware of risk factors for heart disease within 3 years what you will do – activities) Measure strategies Howyou measure strategies in Process Eval Impact(short term measures of Objectives according to Hawe et al. 1990)OR

Outcome (short term according to Issel 2009)

Outcome (long term measures of Goal according to Hawe et al. 1990 terms)

OR

Impact (long term according to Issel 2009)

How will you measure objectives in short term Eval 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you measure goals in long term Eval

 

Essay structure for assignments

Before you embark on writing your assignment you may wish to develop a 1 page an essay outline. This may consist of the headings and subheadings you intend using. The headings are likely to represent the key components and keywords of the essay question.

Read the assignment question before, during, and after you have completed the essay outline and do the same for the essay.

  • Introduction – state the question and your approach to answering it.
  • Body of text – when you present an argument make it a cogent argument that has academic/scholarly merit. Support arguments with evidence, e.g. by citing a reference. Headings and sub-headings to be used – headings often reflect keywords in the assignment question
  • Conclusion – not so much a place to summarize but an opportunity to give your final opinion. Inferences or deductions.  Implications for policy and practice
  • Reference list – follow one of the standard academic styles, such as Harvard or Vancouver.

 

Text and References – Follow in-line referencing

 

There are 2 required texts for this topic, however only the first one is available for purchase while the others are available in the library:

 

  • Issel, M. L. (2014). Health Program Planning and Evaluation: A Practical Systematic Approach for Community Health, 3rd Edition. Burlington MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning
  • Weiss, C. (1998). Evaluation methods for studying programs and policies. 2nd edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

In addition the following texts will be referred to:

  • Pawson R. & Tilley N (1997) Realistic Evaluation, London Sage Publications

(portions of the textbook are available for viewing through Amazon Books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Realistic-Evaluation-Ray-Pawson/dp/0761950095#reader_0761950095)

The 2004 Discussion Paper included at the end of this Study Guide is based on this 1997 referencehttp://www.communitymatters.com.au/RE_chapter.pdf

Pawson, R. & Tiley, N. (2004). ‘Realist Evaluation’. Paper funded by the British Cabinet Office. This paper develops ideas from the well-known book: Pawson, R. & Tiley, N. (1995). Realist Evaluation. London: Sage.

  • Pawson R. (2006) Evidence-based Policy: A Realist Perspective. Los Angeles: Sage Publications
  • Saks, M & Allsop J (2013) Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (2nd Edition).  Los Angeles: Sage Publications
  • Bauman A. & Nutbeam D.  (2014). Evaluation in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide to Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs (2nd Edition). North Ryde, NSW: McGraw-Hill

These texts will also be useful:

  • Baum, Fran (2008). The New Public Health: an Australian Perspective (3rdedition). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Jackie Green and Jane South (2006). Evaluation: Key Concepts for Public Health Practice. Berkshire, England: Open University Press

[First part of this book can be found online: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Zu-JX77waQoC&pg=PP1&lpg=PP1&dq=key+concepts+in+public+health+evaluation+jackie+green&source=bl&ots=0n0Cam1Rzd&sig=Nx3xtCLj9lr-x0bvCXdJTW76j4o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wyFKU-aVJNjm8AXN94DoDg&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=key%20concepts%20in%20public%20health%20evaluation%20jackie%20green&f=false

 

Guidelines for all assessments – please read carefully as your assignment will be marked against these criteria

To meet the requirements of all assignments you must include the following:

  • An introduction explaining what you will cover. Refer to the question and describe what your approach will be in answering it.  (10%)
  • A conclusion – present your final opinion. (10%)
  • Analysis that shows ability to interpret information relevant to your topic (20%)
  • Application of theories to practical situations or examples wherever relevant. (20%)
  • Arguments (not just descriptions) that are well supported by explanation, examples and references to literature. (20%)
  • Compliance with normal academic standards of presentation, referencing, headings, and bibliographical details. (10%). Note: in accordance to university policy any issues regarding plagiarism will attract a zero mark for the entire assignment
  • Clear writing with accurate spelling, grammar and sentence and paragraph construction. (10%)


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