Title Page: The following information should be included on the title page: Heading with page number, Needs Analysis for Proposed Evaluation of [Program Name], Author, Capella University, PSY8763: Program Evaluation, Date, Instructor.
Follow current APA format per the template. Additional APA support can be found on the Capella Writing Center (links in Resources).
Under the heading Table of Contents:
List the abstract, each heading, the references and appendix title (if any).
Double-space the table of contents, but single-space entries that are longer than one line. All entries should be aligned flush left and their page numbers flush right (with no leader dots). Subheadings should be indented 1 inch.
Introduction: In your own words, generally summarize the program, the need for evaluation, your design for evaluating it, and your plan for implementing it. Make this as brief, readable and compelling as possible. (Note: A heading is not used for the introduction in APA format.)
Under the heading Needs Analysis:
Revise the main sections of your Unit 4 Needs Assessment assignment as necessary, based on feedback you received from your instructor, information from subsequent course studies, and your own reflection. Be sure to include an analysis of the costs and benefits of the proposed program evaluation. Do not worry about citing your previous work. Make this revised Needs Analysis an Appendix to the assignment.
Be sure to include:
Proposed Program Evaluation Overview.
Do not worry about citing your previous work.
Under the heading Data Collection and Analysis:
Assess what types of data are most important and relevant to collect for the evaluation.
Analyze the best sources for data collection.
Assess the best techniques/methods to use for:
Data sampling and collection.
Provide clear and convincing rationale for all your choices.
Under the heading Implementation Plan:
Describe in detail the processes of collaborating with others to complete the necessary research and evaluation.
Apply principles of group dynamics to plan management of implementation.
Under the heading Standards and Criteria:
Analyze what would be the best standards and criteria for evaluating the program. Be sure to clearly explain why particular choices are superior to the alternatives.
Under the heading Conclusion:
Summarize your proposal and make a final compelling appeal for its implementation.
Attach Appendix [TITLE: Revision of Unit 4 body; alphabetize appropriate references for Appendix with references cited in the body of the Unit 8 paper.
Throughout this assignment, cite specific concepts, ideas, and program evaluation terminology presented in the course. Support your ideas with relevant references, citations, and empirical research. Be sure to adhere to current APA style and formatting guidelines and include a list of references.
Avoid use of direct quotations—these are not counted in the length of your assignment. Paraphrasing is much preferred because it demonstrates your mastery of the subject.
Needs Assessment Document
The program is meant to help women and children overcome domestic violence. These two groups are the ones that are mostly affected by domestic violence. The program was began in 1984 by the Fayette County’s Human Services Council (Stanley et al., 2013). This was after the rise in the cases of domestic violence in the county. Data will be collected from various families to make informed decisions. The interventions will include psychological counseling to enable the victims to have mental stability. Besides, there are those victims who have offered to house them so that they can have a safe place to stay. People who have gone through domestic violence can have difficulties living with others if not helped.
It is an experience that is traumatizing and has severe consequences on their mental status. Being extremely stressed is a major cause of concentrating on work. Thus, those adults who are undergoing domestic violence cannot be productive as they used to be there before. It means that they can get dismissed due to poor performance. Thus, the best thing is to seek psychological counseling first to perform well at work (Bartels, 2012). As for children, they do poorly when stressed due to fights at home. They cannot have peace of mind, and also, they do not get enough sleep. It is why they sleep in class when the teacher is teaching. Domestic violence affects children significantly since their brains are not mature to go through such situations.
The direct participants in the program will include the victims, the counselors, and the people offering material support. The victims are expected to be open and give real information regarding g what they have been going through. They will cooperate with the ones helping them to get helped. The counselors are expected to listen to the victims and help them accept themselves. The counselors are supposed to be empathic to assist the victims in overcoming the stress. As for the well-wishers, they provide help, usually in the form of money or other items. For example, they can offer shelter for those who have been left homeless due to domestic violence. Others can offer to employ victims of domestic violence or start businesses for them. Hence, they will have a source of income to cater to their needs.
Needs that the Program was created to Address
The program was created to address the psychological needs of domestic violence victims. These victims need to be helped to bounce back from stressful situations. The counselors will be non-judgmental when talking with these victims, for them to say all that has been affecting them. There is no way the victims can be helped if they do not talk about the whole problem (Royse et al., 2013). The counselors will utilize the rights skills to be of help to the victims. Proper listening and maintaining eye contact will help show a high level of seriousness. It makes the victim trust the counselor more. No person feels confident to disclose all their information to a counselor who does not seem to be listening keenly (Stanley et al., 2013). Moreover, sitting posture says a lot about the seriousness of the counselor. Those victims who ran away from abusers and had nowhere to stay are helped to get a place to stay.
Desired Benefits for each Program Participant
The benefits of the victims include psychological support. Besides, they expect to get some material support from some well-wishers who might be willing to help. The counselors expect to help the victims to undergo the situation. The well-wishers expect to feel good after helping the victims with their problems. The program is also expected to create awareness in society regarding domestic violence. Some people who experience domestic violence are not aware that what they are going through is bad until someone rescues them (Bartels, 2012). Others are afraid to leave because they have nowhere else to go. Therefore, they continue being abused, and their life gets more miserable. After being offered this education, they can respond well to such occurrences.
How to Measure each of these Outcomes
The mental stability and happiness of the victims will indicate a positive outcome. By observing the victims’ behavior, one will tell if they are feeling happier and comfortable. The rate at which the victims will have resumed their daily activities will also indicate whether the victims have started living normally or not. Those who will have started to overcome the experience will begin to go back to their jobs. Furthermore, they will look less stressed due to the stability they will have achieved. The children of these victims also live better lives when they bounce back since they can take care of them (Stanley et al., 2013). Children are innocent beings who rarely understand what is going on in the house. It is bad when they suffer because of their parents’ mistakes.
Risks of Unfavorable Outcomes that might Result from the Program
Risks of unfavorable outcomes from the program include the failure to obtain the desired results. Thus, the victims will not be assisted in how they were supposed to be helped. All the resources and time invested in the program will have gone to waste. In such a program, there is a lot of money invested, and thus, it should be prevented from being wasted. That will occur if there will be proper planning and implementation. All the activities that will be included will be assigned to various people and have deadlines. Having deadlines is essential since it will help manage the limited time well.
How the Importance or Likelihood of these can be assessed
Assessment of the importance or likelihood of these can be assessed by asking the victims questions. The responses will help conclude. All the victims’ responses will be paid attention to so that the necessary changes can be made.
The procedure required in running this program will involve coming up with a hierarchical structure. The structure will have all the names of the staff and their responsibilities. Hence, all those involved will know the role they are supposed to play. For example, a hierarchical structure for use in the counseling centers. In every program, it is good to have a flow of operations to flow in an organized manner. Besides, performance increases, and that makes the program successful. The seniors delegate duties to their juniors and ensure that everything goes as planned. Everybody understands that they need to be accountable for everything that they do. Time and resources are also saved because everybody knows what they are supposed to do.
Proposed Program Evaluation
The program’s focus should be on creating awareness of domestic violence in society. Another focus of the program is to identify those who are suffering from domestic violence to be helped. The desired outcomes include successful counseling of the domestic violence victims. They should regain mental stability to continue with their normal lives. Another desired outcome is the reduction of domestic violence cases by creating awareness.
Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Program Evaluation
The benefits of the proposed program evaluation are more than the costs. The program will cause a lot of change in society. The program is funded through Congress to ensure that all the activities continue as scheduled.
The ethical concerns that need to be observed in the program include privacy and professionalism. The confidentiality of the victims needs to be maintained to avoid exposing them to the world (Royse et al., 2015). It will help maintain their self-esteem and confidence. The counselors should be professional in asking any questions from the victims. It is unprofessional to ask questions without being sensitive to the victim’s feelings and well-being (Royse et al., 2015). These people have already being hurt by the ones who were abusing them. Thus, they do not want a person to make them feel worse about themselves. They want someone who will be more friendly and sensitive to their feelings. They like being assured that their information will not be leaked to the outside world so that they can reserve their dignity. Some of the things that they have experienced are so deep that they have to be sure of the person they are opening up to. Trust is created by the way the counselor relates with the victim. It is not something that occurs automatically but develops with time.
The proposal is about coming up with the necessary interventions for victims of domestic violence. These people go through a lot, and it’s good for them to be helped. Usually, domestic violence affects children and women. Their self-esteem gets damaged, and they experience mental instability. These victims need to undergo proper counseling to prevent them from drifting into depression. Additionally, it will help them continue with their normal lives.
Bartels L. (2012). Emerging issues in domestic/family violence research. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2188700
Promise Place. (2018). About Us. Retrieved from https://promiseplace.org
Royse, D., Thyer, B. A., & Padgett, D. K. (2015). Program evaluation: An introduction to an evidence-based approach. Cengage Learning.
Stanley N, Miller P & Foster H.R. (2013). Engaging with children’s and parent’s perspectives on domestic violence. Child & family social work. 17(2), 192-201. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00832.x
Appendix: Program Stakeholder Analysis
Program Participants and Stakeholders
The program participants include the victims, the counselors. The stakeholders are the donors and the government. All these work together to ensure that the program succeeds. Victims say what they are going through and the counselors help them. The donors and the government give financial and other material support. Administrators will allow the program to start and provide the necessary security and other forms of support.
How I will Facilitate Communication and Collaboration with Stakeholders
I will facilitate collaboration and communication through updating them on the progress. Besides, I will listen to their views and implement them if necessary.
Desired Outcomes from the Program
The desired outcomes include victims who have a mental stability. Another desired outcome is a society that is aware of domestic violence.
Risks or Unfavorable Outcomes
These include failure of the program to address the problem as expected. If the victims are not helped to recover, that will be a failure.
Conflicts of Interests among Stakeholders
There might be conflict of interests among stakeholders. That will occur when people start differing in opinion and fail to use diversity to arrive at a common ground.
Inter-personal and Political Considerations
I will consult other persons to hear their opinion on what we can make the program better. On political matters, I will work with political leaders to get their support and consider their opinion as well.