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Respond to at least two colleagues from the perspective of an interested stakeholder for the program by doing the following:

Provide a brief description of the role that you are taking.

Provide an evaluation of the group research design that they have chosen, and criteria that your colleagues have generated (choice of outcome and method of evaluation) from the perspective of the stakeholder whom you have chosen.

Provide support based on your evaluation
Ask questions about the plan for research design and the questions that the evaluation plan will address from your chosen perspective.

Maranda Rivera
RE: Discussion – Week 10

C O L L A P S E
Evaluation Method
When considering the impact of any program, consideration of the evaluation method
should be valued. Though evaluation may appear time consuming or intimidating,
evaluation is an important part of ensuring that the intervention is appropriate and the
resources are justified (McNamara, 2012). In the case of the program for foster families
and training, there are a few factors to consider. Evaluation can be completed in a
variety of ways, so selecting the best method is important. Qualitative or quantitative
research methods may be appropriate for this case study as the program focuses on
foster parents and reducing placement disruptions (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen,
2014). Using mixed methods and complementary data, the evaluation can demonstrate
a great amount of information and exemplify the evaluation (Dudley, 2020). Qualitative
measures that may support the data involved case studies (Dudley, 2020). Being that
the program involved foster parents and their foster children, identifying success stories
or challenges throughout the study may support future improvement by collecting this
data. From quantitative measures, the recommendation would be to complete a
descriptive analysis in order to further gather data and review. Gathering this data can
include identifying specific questions such as “At what rate do families experience
disruptions?” or “what training do individuals find most beneficial?”. Identifying questions
and how to address answers will support quality findings.

Criteria Measures
In order to measure the data and gather this information, Joan must identify a plan for
evaluation. Case studies can be gathered through review of parents and families that
participate in the program. Joan or another individual delegated may be able to write
these reports. For the descriptive analysis, this will be applied to the model that Joan is
creating using the likert scale. Typically, the likert scale or percentages are most
beneficial when using a descriptive analysis (Dudley, 2020). Joan or other staff
members are able to collect this data related to the measures they are choosing to
address. For instance, if they are most interested in satisfaction, number of disruptions,
or another variable, this can be measured and analysed with this method. Overall, the
method for evaluating the data will impact the benefit of the results. With clear
information from the program, the leaders and Joan will be able to further implement
change and improve the program in the future.

References
Dudley, J. R. (2020). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do (3rd ed.) Oxford
University Press.

McNamara, C. (2006b). Reasons for priority on implementing outcomes-based
evaluation.In Basic guide to outcomes-based evaluation for nonprofit organizations with
very limited resources. Retrieved from http://managementhelp.org/evaluation/outcomes-
evaluation-guide.htm#anchor30249

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Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014b). Social work case studies:
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