LASA: Program Evaluation Proposal. As a counseling practitioner, there is a very good chance that you will have the opportunity to evaluate the needs and effectiveness of an agency, department, or program. When doing this, you will not only need to understand research concepts and design strategies, but you must also understand the foundational components of the program evaluation process. For this assignment, you will be creating an 8-10 page Program Evaluation Proposal for an organization of your choice. Directions: First, choose an agency, department, or program in your community that would be a good target for a program evaluation. This would include any program or agency where clients are being served in relation to clinical mental health services. Additionally, a school guidance counseling department could be examined. Make sure to choose an organization where you will be able to access basic information about (purpose, services provide, target population, etc). The agency you will using for this paper is called EXODUS RECOVERY CENTER. The agency I will be using for the program for the evaluation Proposal is called Exodus Recovery Center. This program serves adults with serious and persistent mental illness. The wide array of mental health services offered at the Wellness Center are specifically designed for clients who no longer require more intensive treatment offered by traditional outpatient clinics or case management programs. In the welcoming environment of the Wellness Center, clients are encouraged to become responsible for their own continued growth, wellness, recovery, self-sufficiency and mental health maintenance. Part I: Report Develop an 8-10 page Program Evaluation Proposal: Follow the below outline: 1. Introduction: Introduce the evaluation and clearly state the purpose of the evaluation. 2. Program Description: Describe the background and purpose of the program being evaluated. 3. Needs Assessment: Although you will not actually conduct a needs analysis in this section, determine how you would conduct a needs assessment and the outcome(s) you would expect. 4. Evaluation Focus: Based on the expected outcome of the needs assessment, along with your understanding of the purpose, discuss the focus of your evaluation. 5. Methodology: Use a mixed-methods design for which you can clearly explain how both the qualitative and quantitative designs apply in the evaluation process. Include the following: a) Participants, b) Setting, c) Instruments, d) Procedures, e) Ethical issues. 6. Results: a) Discuss statistical tests that will be used to analyze quantitative data; b) Explain strategy that will be used to analyze qualitative data; and c) Determine possible threats to validity (both internal and external) and steps that will be taken to control for these threats. 7. Conclusions and Recommendations: Analyze and hypothesize what you think the outcome would be if you had conducted this evaluation. Also make recommendations for the agency, program, or department based on your expected outcomes.
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