Initial Analysis for Program Planning Identification of a Problem and a Population How do you begin to design a program that successfully addresses a significant health care–related challenge? Although the process of developing a program may be complex and involve an iterative feedback loop and adjustments, it can and should be approached systematically. Sound program planning and evaluation begins with an analysis of a problem.
All aspects of the program can then be aligned so that the information yielded will indicate whether the program has addressed the problem effectively and as intended. This week you begin to work on Assignment 1, featuring initial aspects of program planning and evaluation. It is important to bear in mind that assignment instructions must be followed as indicated. Before you proceed, click here for an overview of the full Assignment 1 assignment ( I have attached the instructions below)
For the first part of this assignment, consider a health-promotion and disease-prevention issue of national significance. Then narrow the focus to determine a viable problem that will guide your program planning efforts in this course. Also identify a target population so that your program can be designed to create maximum yet realistic impact at the aggregate level. Prepare for this week’s section of Assignment 1 as follows:
• Continue (from the Discussion) to review the literature related to the health-promotion and disease-prevention issue of national significance that you have selected.
• Identify a problem and a target population. Instructions: The following is an overview of Application 1. Application 1: Initial Analysis for Program Planning A 3- to 5-page paper that addresses the following: Identification of a Problem and a Population (developed in Week 2)
• Identify a problem and a target population. (Note: Your problem should be clearly developed and related to a health-promotion and disease-prevention issue of national significance. You should select a target population so that your program can be designed to create maximum yet realistic impact at the aggregate level.) Using a Theory or Model (developed in Week 3)
• Analyze a theory or model that is relevant to your selected problem. Explain why this is the most appropriate model for you to use with this problem. Literature Review (developed in Weeks 2–4)
• Assess the literature as it relates to your problem. Use evidence from the literature to support your response to the following question: Why is it important to assist this population to resolve the selected problem? Needs Assessment (developed in Week 4)
• Describe an appropriate approach to conducting a needs assessment for your problem.
• Identify method(s) of data collection.
• Assess potential challenges and propose alternatives/solutions. Week 2: Defining a Problem and a Population “A problem that is inadequately defined is not likely to be solved” (Kettner, Moroney, & Martin, 2008, p. 42). Continuing on to reframe this statement, the authors of Designing and Managing Programs observe that a well-delineated problem can be a cornerstone for a successful program. Indeed, as noted last week, sound program planning and evaluation begins with analysis of the problem so that all aspects of the program can be aligned to yield the kind of information that will indicate whether the program has been effective at addressing the problem as intended.
This week you consider a health-promotion and disease-prevention issue of national significance, and then hone in on a problem and a target population to focus your program design efforts in this course. You review existing literature, which may be beneficial for identifying and/or learning about your problem and target population. This is the starting point for Assignment 1, the first of four Assignments in this course that ask you to develop a program and related evaluation plan. In addition, you are encouraged to brainstorm with your colleagues in this week’s Discussion. This collegial collaboration can be a tremendous asset as you continue to work and engage in your Practicum Experience. Learning Objectives Students will: Evaluate the impact of a specific health care-related problem on a population Analyze current research literature pertaining to a health care-related problem Learning
This article is an example of an integrative literature review that identifies aspects of nursing programs aimed at prevention of type II diabetes, effectiveness of such programs, and compliance with lifestyle changes after such programs. FYI: I had submitted the attached assignment in week 1.
I thought Depression was good to address during my 11-weeks practicum. Maybe it can serve as a guide for this assignment and the rest even though it has not been graded. I wrote the paper at the last minute. Assignment 1 is a continuation of the following assignments below and I would for you to work on them all in the weeks ahead. Thank you so much! Assignment 2: Program Design Elements Assignment 3: Program Budgeting and Financial Analysis Assignment 4: Evaluation Planning