In this first assignment, you will create a fictional “how to” guide in which you will analyze the steps pertinent to effective program assessment. Specifically, you will:
Your fictional “how to” guide is intended to provide a step-by-step explanation of the components related to evaluating programs; you will not be conducting an assessment as part of the assignment. An example of a program evaluation and the research format is given in the Evaluation Strategies for Human Service Programs (Links to an external site.). Your example can be any of the typical health and services areas including: hospitals, nursing homes, clinic for substance abuse, counseling clinics, Salvation Army, Red Cross, homes for the homeless, special school programs, crisis centers and social support. Program evaluation can include a variety of different research approaches and may also include acquiring a great deal of data. As you read the article Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide (Links to an external site.), keep in mind the information requirements to carry out a program evaluation. Certainly the connections among program outcomes, the activities of the program, and consequential outcomes constitute the key model of any program evaluation. Access the Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide (Links to an external site.) for more information for this assignment.
Your paper should be at least two to three pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and include a minimum of three APA citations from scholarly sources.