Evaluation as a Key Tool in Health and Human Services.

      
      
Program Evaluation as a Key Tool in Health and Human Services 

Evidence-based practice utilizes a variety of research methods  to gather evidence as to the efficacy of a program’s effectiveness, or  cost effectiveness. According to your text, “Sound research and its  applications, although not guarantees of perfect policies and programs,  are extremely useful tools in developing sound social policies and  programs” (p. 281). Additionally, we read that evaluation research is  different from “basic” research in that evaluation research is based on  reality factors in the field and can answer the question: Is this  program achieving its goals within the cost estimates?

In  this assignment, you will create a fictional “how to” guide in  which you will analyze the steps pertinent to effective program  assessment. Specifically, you will:

Explain the parts of the program evaluation, and how one would carry out a program evaluation.
Explain the steps of the program evaluation and what the program evaluator would want to measure / evaluate.

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.)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.)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.)Links to an external site. for more information for this assignment.

 

Physical development and cognitive development in middle childhood.

For this week, please write your thoughts about physical development and cognitive development in middle childhood.  Take a look at the Learning Objectives for these modules to get some ideas.  What’s happening with kids in middle childhood?  What’s your opinion about Kohlberg’s theory of moral development?  What do you think about Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence?

Women’s Right’s Partnership:

Instructions: Choose from one of the following:

1/ Women’s Right’s Partnership: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony in the 1850s and the 1860s (pg. 258-64)
How do the correspondences between Anthony and Stanton relate the struggles that those pursuing women’s rights went through? What seemed so special and significant about the relationship of these two women through their own words?

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Recalls Meeting Susan B. Anthony (1881)
Anthony to Stanton, Rochester  (1856)
Anthony to Stanton, Home-getting, along towards 12 o’clock (1856)
Stanton to Anthony, Seneca Falls (1856)
Susan B. Anthony, Why the Sexes Should be Educated Together (1856)
Susan B. Anthony, “Make the Slave’s Case Our Own” (1859)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, To the American Anti-Slavery Society (1860)
Stanton and Anthony, “Call for a Meeting of the Loyal Women of the Nation” (1863)
2/ Jacob Riis’s Photographs of Immigrant Girls and Women (pg. 388-93)
By the late nineteenth century, the power of photography was being felt in American society.  In what way did Jacob Riis’ photographs convey the plight of immigrant women? Why are the images so powerful?  Is there anything problematic about the authenticity of the images?

In the Home of an Italian Ragpicker: Jersey Street
Knee Pants at Forty-Five Cents a Dozen — A Ludlow Street Sweater’s Shop
Police Station Lodgers: Women’s Lodging Room in the West 47th Street Station
“I Scrubs”: Katie Who Keeps House on West 49th Street

3/ Parades, Picketing, and Power: Women in Public Space (pg. 450-57)
The Progressive era provided women with an opportunity to made their voice heard in society.  In what way do the images capture the role women played in the advancement of their causes? Were these images a positive or negative portrayal of women?  Why or why not?

“Girl Strikers,” New York Evening Journal (November 10, 1909)
Members of the Rochester, New York, Branch of the Garment Workers Union (1913)
Suffragists Marching down Fifth Avenue, New York City (1913)
Suffrage Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. (March 1913)
National Woman’s Party Picketers at the White House (1918)
Protest against the East St. Louis Riots, New York City (1917)

Number of Pages: 1 Page

Page Line Spacing: Single spaced

Deadline: 24 hours

Academic Level: College

Paper Format: APA 

Social Interaction in the Online World.

Social Interaction in the Online World

Online interaction is becoming a larger part of total social interactions.  In this discussion forum address the following questions:

Has the lack of nonverbal communication changed the way we act in person?
What features have been added to online interaction that help people get a glimpse of our nonverbal reactions or things that cannot be shared when interacting online?
 

75 words

  By Day 1 of Week One, your instructor will assign you one of three options to

 
By Day 1 of Week One, your instructor will assign you one of three options to complete as your initial post for this discussion.  OPTION 3

 
Option 3: Chapter 25 Discussion Questions. Answer questions 4 and 5 on page 408 in your textbook.  

Initial post: Utilize a minimum of two  scholarly sources to support your points. Cite and reference your  sources in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 

How individuals’ gender identity affects their development through young and middle adulthood.

Gender identity—identifying oneself as male or female—is a critical component of an individual’s life-span development. Misconceptions and stereotypes abound with regard to gender, and you may bring personal misconceptions and stereotypes to your work with clients.
As you read the resources this week, what concepts seem especially relevant to you as a social worker? Are you able to identify any personal misunderstandings about the formation of gender identity? What strategies might you use to apply your new understanding to social work practice?
By Day 3
Post a Discussion that includes the following:

A new understanding you have gained in the resources about gender identity
An explanation of how individuals’ gender identity affects their development through young and middle adulthood
A strategy you might use to apply your understanding of gender identity development to social work practice

Social Security and Social Welfare Programs .

  
Social Security and Social Welfare Programs
For years, many working individuals in the United States have counted on Social Security as their primary retirement income. With the deductions from every paycheck to fund this future benefit, Americans looked forward to a comfortable retirement based on the assumption that these funds were being invested wisely. Is this a factual assumption, or is it another myth of the U.S. social welfare system?
Relying on Social Security as a sole means of support in retirement is uncommon. As society’s work habits and life expectancies change, Social Security has come to mean different things to different people. For those who are unable to save and/or invest on their own, it functions like a forced retirement program that provides a financial safety net for the future. For those who become unable to work, social security often is viewed by others as a public assistance program. For others who are financially secure and prepared for retirement, it is an entitlement program where individuals draw Social Security at retirement in an effort to recoup what they paid into the program by deductions from their wages. How might these perceptions of Social Security relate to the perceptions of public assistance programs that were discussed in last week’s resources?
For this Discussion, review this week’s resources. Then, consider how Social Security is different from public assistance programs. Finally, think about how these differences are important in terms of the general perception of Social Security benefits.
By Day 3
Post an explanation of how Social Security is different from public assistance programs. Then, explain how these differences are important, in terms of the general perception of Social Security benefits.
Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Understanding of the sociological bases of deviant behavior.

Prompt
By this point in the course you should have acquired an understanding of the sociological bases of deviant behavior. The paper gives you an opportunity to demonstrate this understanding. Please keep in mind that this assignment is intended to allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of course material.

APA style formatting is required. The body of the paper must include citations according to the APA style format, and these sources should be included in your reference page. Every assignment should contain at least two references.

Learning Objective
By submitting this assignment, students will be able to apply one or more of the theoretical perspectives on deviance to one of the following topics:
Exotic dancers
Deviance in the military
Drug user/addicts
Young offenders
Prostitution
White-collar criminals
School cheaters
Organized crime
Terrorists
Police deviance

Answer these questions in the assignmentn:
1) Describe why the behavior is considered deviant.
2) How do these deviants view their own behavior? For example, do they regard their deviance as a one-time aberration or see it as a deviant career? Justify your answer.
3) In your view, what impacts (both positive and negative) does the deviant
behavior have on society?
4) In what ways has society responded or reacted to the deviance?
5) Provide an analysis of the deviant behavior from the perspective of ONE OR MORE of the sociological theories on deviance set out in the text and discussed in lectures.
Format Requirements

Length:  Approximately 500-700 words, and should be very specific about the terms and concepts mentioned in your book.
Font: 12 point Times New Roman or comparable
Citation Style: APA, a minimum of two sources is required (in-text citation (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. AND a list of references (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.). No title page, abstract, and methods.

-Students will write a 2-3 page assignment in response to an assignment provided
by your professor.  Student answers are to be clear, well-organized, and specific.  
Provide a concise, cogent argument and include details to support your response.

-Assignments should begin with an introduction and should end with a conclusion.

-Assignment Component
The paper is content rich, all questions have been answered, and analysis is evident.
The paper is effective in supporting the student’s argument

-The paper is well organized with a logical flow.
Writing Component
-The paper contains correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

Needs Assessment Surveys

 
Assignment: Needs Assessment Surveys
Human and social services professionals are both consumers and producers of research. While having a thorough understanding of the meaning of research for professional practice is essential, it is also important for you to have a basic understanding of how to conduct research. Surveys can be one form of research used for all areas of your practice, but they are especially useful in needs assessment. You can use surveys to determine unmet client needs or the degree to which clients are satisfied with your current services. They may also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular program offered by a school, hospital, organization, or agency.
For this Application, you develop a survey instrument and describe your procedures for analyzing the data. These experiences will help you to develop a foundational knowledge of survey methodology.
To Prepare
Imagine that you are creating a needs assessment for the professional issue or interest you identified in this week’s Discussion. Develop an operational definition for the construct you will need to measure (e.g., “job satisfaction”). Then, construct a 10-item survey to measure this construct. Your survey questions should be measurable and based on one of the designs in the Learning Resources (i.e., Likert scale, indexes, etc.).
The Assignment (2–3 pages):
Submit your 10-item survey and a brief explanation of the survey design used to construct it. Be sure to include the operationalized definition of the construct you wish to measure. Briefly explain your rationale for including the items and describe how you would collect and analyze data from the survey. Finally, explain at least one challenge in constructing a survey of this nature. Be specific and provide examples.

The needs assessment that I chose is the lack of group homes in South Carolina
This assignment may be a little tricky.

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