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Course Design Guide

College of Social Sciences

HSM/270 Version 3

Program Planning and Grant Proposal Writing in Human Services

Copyright © 2009, 2007 by University of Phoenix. All rights reserved.

 

 

This course provides practical knowledge in program planning, grant proposal writing, and program evaluation. Students will examine the planning process from conceptualization to implementation and evaluation. Also discussed is how to locate private and public funding for human service programs and agencies.

 

 

Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

 

·         University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document.

·         Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

 

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality.

 

 

Yuen, F. & Terao, K. (2003). Practical grant writing & program evaluation. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole—Thomson Learning.

 

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

 

Week One: Understanding Program Planning and Evaluation

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

1.1  Relate program planning to grant proposals.

1.2  Define key terminology related to program planning.

1.3  Compare program planning with program evaluation.

1.4  Identify political and technical aspects of program planning and evaluation.

 

 

Course Preparation

Read the course description and objectives.

Read the instructor’s biography and post your own.

 

 

Readings

Read Appendix A.

Read Ch. 1 of Practical Grant Writing & Program Evaluation.

 

 

 

CheckPoint

Program Planning and Grant Proposals

Explain the relationship between program planning and grant proposals. When describing each component, address their similarities and differences as well as how they relate to each other.

 

Post your explanation in 200 to 300 words.

 

30

CheckPoint

Program Planning Terminology

Complete the Program Planning Terminology Multimedia located at http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/axia/hsm270/images/program_planning_definitions.html

 

Imagine that you just received a new position as a program manager for a human services program.

 

Write a 200- to 300-word e-mail to a friend describing the new position and its responsibilities, incorporating all of the vocabulary words

 

30

Individual

Program Planning and Evaluation Paper

Read all of the fictional program scenarios in Appendix B and choose one to work with throughout the course.

 

Compare program planning with program evaluation in human services organizations. Describe how the two components are related.

 

Identify specific examples of how program planning and evaluation interrelate in your chosen scenario in Appendix B.

 

Identify technical and political aspects of program planning and evaluation you might encounter in the program scenario you chose, and explain how these aspects could affect your planning and evaluation process.

 

Write a 700- to 1,050-word, APA-formatted paper that addresses the above issues.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

Post your paper as an attachment

 

70

 

 

Week Two: The Elements of Grant Proposal Writing

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

2   

2.1  Identify preplanning considerations important to the grant proposal writing process.

2.2  Explain the importance of grants in the human services field.

2.3  Discuss the various approaches to program evaluation.

 

 

Readings

Read Ch. 2 & 3 of Practical Grant Writing & Program Evaluation.

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

10

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

20

CheckPoint

Grants in Human Services

Explain the role grants play in the human services field. Explain how and when grants are important to a human services program. Are grants more vital to some programs than others? Explain your reasoning.

 

Post your response in 200 to 300 words.

 

30

 

 

Week Three: The Grant Proposal

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

3   

3.1  Describe the function and purpose of a grant proposal.

3.2  Summarize the steps to writing a grant proposal.

3.3  Write a needs and problem statement for a selected program.

 

 

CheckPoint

Grant Proposals

Describe the general attributes of a grant proposal. Be sure to address the function of a grant proposal, the purpose of a grant proposal, and how a grant proposal relates to a program plan.

 

Post your response in 200 to 300 words

 

30

Individual

Steps to Writing a Grant Proposal

Summarize the steps to writing a grant proposal for the scenario you chose from Appendix B:

 

·         Outline the grant proposal writing process from beginning to end.

·         Create a needs and problem statement for the scenario.

 

Ensure the summary consists of 1,050 to 1,700 words and is in paragraph form.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

80

 

 

Week Four: Evaluation Plans

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

4   

4.1  Discuss the empowerment evaluation approach for human services programs.

4.2  Distinguish between a project-wide evaluation plan and an objective-oriented evaluation plan.

 

 

Readings

Read Ch. 4 & 7 of Practical Grant Writing & Program Evaluation.

 

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

10

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

20

CheckPoint

Project-Wide or Objective-Oriented Evaluations

Provide a brief summary of your selected program from Appendix B and discuss whether you would use a project-wide evaluation plan or an objective-oriented evaluation plan. Explain the reasoning behind your choice and why you preferred one plan over the other.

 

Post your response in 200 to 300 words.

 

30

 

 

Week Five: Program Evaluation

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

5   

5.1  Identify characteristics of process evaluations and outcome evaluations.

5.2  Analyze a given program for process evaluations.

5.3  Analyze a given program for outcome evaluations.

 

 

CheckPoint

Process and Outcome Evaluations

Complete the Process and Outcome Evaluations Multimedia located at http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/axia/hsm270/images/process_and_outcome_evaluations.html

 

Summarize the characteristics of process and outcome evaluations. Provide two examples of each type of evaluation.

 

Post your response in 200 to 300 words.

 

30

Individual

Scenario Evaluation Plan

Create an evaluation plan for your chosen scenario in Appendix B that analyzes the program for process and outcome evaluations.

 

Describe the types of evaluations you would include in your evaluation plan and how each would serve to analyze various processes or intended outcomes in 700 to 1,050 words.

 

Explain the measurement tools you would use and why.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

90

 

 

Week Six: Making Connections: Model Plans

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

6   

6.1  Identify the elements of an effective program plan.

6.2  Modify a program evaluation for a selected program.

 

 

Readings

Read Ch. 7 & 8 of Practical Grant Writing & Program Evaluation.

 

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

10

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

20

CheckPoint

Program Improvement Opportunities

Identify where the program planning and evaluation process can provide opportunities for program improvement.

Explain the how program evaluation can improve a program. Consider both the manager and funder perspectives as you look for program improvement opportunities.

Post your response in 200 to 300 words.

 

30

 

 

Week Seven: Practical Aspects of Program Planning and Evaluation

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

7   

7.1  Determine the expectations set by funding institutions.

7.2  Assess outside influences on a specified program plan.

7.3  Examine the program planning and evaluation process for program improvement opportunities.

 

 

CheckPoint

Revised Evaluation Plan

Create a revised version of your original evaluation plan:

 

·         Review your instructor’s feedback from your evaluation plan in Week Five.

·         Consider your group’s list of essential elements for a program plan.

·         Make improvements to your evaluation plan based on the feedback from your instructor and your list of essential elements. Are there areas you should incorporate into your evaluation plan that you did not address before?

 

30

Individual

Stakeholder Influences on Programs Paper

Programs must often cater to the needs or expectations of many stakeholders, which may include the program administrator and staff, the funding institution, and the community the program serves. In any human services program, one of the most influential stakeholders is the funding institution. The funding institution often has its own expectations for the program and its evaluation.

 

Describe how the needs and expectations of stakeholders influence a program plan.

 

Evaluate the program in the scenario you selected from Appendix B from each stakeholder’s perspective.

 

·         Summarize the needs and expectations of each group in terms of your program.

·         Address how the needs and expectations of each group can be met, and where compromises must be made.

 

Find a funding institution that works with human service organizations.

 

Explain the expectations for evaluation of this funding institution. How could these expectations influence the program or evaluation plans?

 

Write your assessment of stakeholder influences in 1,050 to 1,400 words.

 

Format yourpaper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

Post your paper as an attachment.

 

90

 

 

Week Eight: Locating Funding

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

8   

8.1  Identify appropriate funding sources related to a selected program.

8.2  Distinguish between public and private funding sources.

8.3  Develop a plan for obtaining nontraditional funding.

 

 

Readings

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

 

Participation

Participate in class discussion.

 

10

Discussion Questions

Respond to weekly discussion questions.

 

20

CheckPoint

Alternative Funding

Brainstorm ideas for alternative funding for the program you selected from Appendix B. Search the Internet or contact local human services organizations for ideas on obtaining nontraditional funding.

 

Post a 200- to 300-word response that describes your plan to obtain nontraditional funding for your program

 

30

 

 

Week Nine: Aligning Organization Mission, Programs, and Funding

 

Details

Due

Points

Objectives

9   

9.1  Relate the concept of program orientation to an organization’s mission.

9.2  Summarize the assessment, program planning, funding, and implementation of a selected program.

 

 

Capstone CheckPoint

Answer the following:

 

·         Programs are often smaller pieces of a larger human services organization. How will the organization’s mission affect your program?

 

·         Why is it important to make sure your program is oriented to the organization’s mission and purpose?

 

Post your response in 200 to 300 words

 

30

Final Project

Program Summary

Summarize the process of a program’s development based on the program scenario you have used throughout the course from Appendix B.

 

Include the following sections:

 

·         Overview of the program

·         Assessment

·         Needs and problem statement

·         Program planning

·         Alternative funding

·         Implementation

·         Evaluation

 

Write a 1,750- to 2,100-word paper that contains all of the above elements.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

Post your paper as an attachment.

 

250

 

Optional Discussion Questions

 

Week Two Discussion Questions

 

·         Identify three considerations that should be part of the program and proposal preplanning process of grant proposal writing. Respond to your classmates’ posts by commenting on their responses. Did they bring up something you had not thought about? Did they raise any new, important issues?

 

·         Discuss the advantages of a qualitative and quantitative evaluation for the program you chose from Appendix B. Which evaluation approach would you use and why is it appropriate? Find a classmate’s post that uses the same approach and one that uses the alternate approach. Respond to each, stating whether you think the chosen approach is appropriate for the program described. Explain your reasoning.

 

Week Four Discussion Questions

 

·         Your text identifies three advantages of the empowerment evaluation model. When would the empowerment evaluation approach be appropriate for the human services field? When would it be inappropriate? Use the context of your chosen scenario from Appendix B to support your position.

·         Distinguish between a project-wide evaluation plan and an objective-oriented evaluation plan. What are the pros and cons of each type of evaluation plan?

 

Week Six Discussion Questions

 

·         Discuss the necessary elements of an effective program plan from the initial idea through the evaluation stage. What elements are essential to all programs? What special considerations might be necessary? Produce a list that identifies 5 to 10 elements essential to an effective program plan.

 

·         Refine your list to include what you feel are the 5 most essential elements of an effective program. Choose one of the three model programs from Chapter 7 in your text. Does the model program address all the elements you identified as essential to a program plan? Explain how the program does or does not meet these expectations.

 

Week Eight Discussion Questions

 

·         Using the scenario you selected from Appendix B, conduct an Internet search to identify at least three possible funding sources for the program. Which do you think would be most likely to fund the program and why?

 

·         What are the differences between public and private funding? What are the expectations or requirements of each type of funding? Which do you think might be easier to obtain for your chosen program and why?

 

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