Assignment Assessing a Healthcare Program Policy Evaluation

Program/policy evaluation is a valuable tool that can help strengthen the quality of programs/policies and improve outcomes for the populations they serve. Program/policy evaluation answers basic questions about program/policy effectiveness. It involves collecting and analyzing information about program/policy activities, characteristics, and outcomes. This information can be used to ultimately improve program services or policy initiatives.

Nurses can play a very important role assessing program/policy evaluation for the same reasons that they can be so important to program/policy design. Nurses bring expertise and patient advocacy that can add significant insight and impact. In this Assignment, you will practice applying this expertise and insight by selecting an existing healthcare program or policy evaluation and reflecting on the criteria used to measure the effectiveness of the program/policy.

To Prepare:

· Review the Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analysis Template provided in the Resources.

· Select an existing healthcare program or policy evaluation or choose one of interest to you.

· Review community, state, or federal policy evaluation and reflect on the criteria used to measure the effectiveness of the program or policy described.

The Assignment: (2–3 pages)

Based on the program or policy evaluation you selected, complete the Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analysis Template. Be sure to address the following:

· Describe the healthcare program or policy outcomes.

· How was the success of the program or policy measured?

· How many people were reached by the program or policy selected?

· How much of an impact was realized with the program or policy selected?

· At what point in program implementation was the program or policy evaluation conducted?

· What data was used to conduct the program or policy evaluation?

· What specific information on unintended consequences was identified?

· What stakeholders were identified in the evaluation of the program or policy? Who would benefit most from the results and reporting of the program or policy evaluation? Be specific and provide examples.

· Did the program or policy meet the original intent and objectives? Why or why not?

· Would you recommend implementing this program or policy in your place of work? Why or why not?

· Identify at least two ways that you, as a nurse advocate, could become involved in evaluating a program or policy after 1 year of implementation

Required Readings

Milstead, J. A., & Short, N. M. (2019). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (6th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 7, “Health Policy and Social Program      Evaluation” (pp. 116–124 only)

Glasgow, R. E., Lichtenstein, E., & Marcus, A. C. (2003). Why don’t we see more translation of health promotion research to practice? Rethinking the efficacy-to-effectiveness transition. American Journal of Public Health, 93(8), 1261–1267.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Shiramizu, B., Shambaugh, V., Petrovich, H., Seto, T. B., Ho, T., Mokuau, N., & Hedges, J. R. (2016). Leading by success: Impact of a clinical and translational research infrastructure program to address health inequities. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 4(5), 983–991. doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0302-4

Williams, J. K., & Anderson, C. M. (2018). Omics research ethics considerations. Nursing Outlook, 66(4), 386–393. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2018.05.003

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

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Program/Policy Evaluation
Based on the program or policy evaluation you seelcted,   complete the Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analysis Template. Be sure   to address the following:
·   Describe the healthcare program or policy   outcomes.
·   How was the success of the program or policy   measured?
·   How many people were reached by the program or   policy selected? How much of an impact was realized with the program or   policy selected?
·   At what point in time in program implementation   was the program or policy evaluation conducted?

32 (32%) – 35 (35%)

Response clearly and   accurately describes in detail the healthcare program or policy outcomes.
Response accurately and thoroughly explains in detail how the success of the   program or policy was measured.
Response clearly and accurately describes in detail how many people were   reached by the program or policy and fully describes the impact of the   program or policy.
Response clearly and accurately indicates the point at which time the program   or policy evaluation was conducted.

28 (28%) – 31 (31%)

Response accurately   describes the healthcare program or policy outcomes.
Response accurately explains how the success of the program or policy was   measured.
Response accurately describes how many people were reached by the program or   policy and accurately describes the impact of the program or policy.
Response accurately indicates the point at which time the program or policy   evaluation was conducted.

25 (25%) – 27 (27%)

Description of the   healthcare program or policy outcomes is inaccurate or incomplete.
Explanation of how the success of the program or policy was measured is   inaccurate or incomplete.
Description of how many people were reached by the program or policy and the   impact is vague or inaccurate.
Response vaguely describes the point at which the program or policy   evaluation was conducted.

0 (0%) – 24 (24%)

Description of the   healthcare program or policy outcomes is inaccurate and incomplete, or is   missing.
Explanation of how the success of the program or policy was measured is   inaccurate and incomplete, or is missing.
Description of how many people were reached by the program or policy and the   associated impacts is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.
Response of the point at which time the program or policy was conducted is missing.

 

Reporting of Program/Policy Evaluations
·   What data was used to conduct the program or   policy evaluation?
·   What specific information on unintended   consequences was identified?
·   What stakeholders were identified in the   evaluation of the program or policy? Who would benefit the most from the   results and reporting of the program or policy evaluation? Be specific and   provide examples.
·   Did the program or policy meet the original   intent and objectives? Why or why not?
·   Would you recommend implementing this program or   policy in your place of work? Why or why not?
·   Identify at least two ways that you, as a nurse   advocate, could become involved in evaluating a program or policy after 1   year of implementation.

45 (45%) – 50 (50%)

Response clearly and   accurately identifies the data used to conduct the program or policy   evaluation.
Response clearly and thoroughly explains in detail specific information on   outcomes and unintended consequences identified through the program or policy   evaluation.
Response clearly and accurately explains in detail the stakeholders involved   in the program or policy evaluation.
Response clearly and accurately explains in detail who would benefit most   from the results and reporting of the program or policy evaluation.
Response includes a thorough and accurate explanation of whether the program   met the original intent and outcomes, including an accurate and detailed   explanation of the reasons supporting why or why not.
Response includes a thorough and accurate explanation of whether the program   should be implemented, including an accurate and detailed explanation of the   reasons supporting why or why not.

40 (40%) – 44 (44%)

Response accurately   identifies the data used to conduct the program or policy evaluation.
Response explains in detail specific information on outcomes and unintended   consequences identified through the program or policy evaluation.
Response explains in detail the stakeholders involved in the program or   policy evaluation.
Response explains who would benefit most from the results and reporting of   the program or policy evaluation.
Response includes an accurate explanation of whether the program met the   original intent and outcomes, including an accurate explanation of the   reasons supporting why or why not.
Response includes an accurate explanation of whether the program should be   implemented, including an accurate explanation of the reasons supporting why   or why not.

35 (35%) – 39 (39%)

Response vaguely or   inaccurately identifies the data used to conduct the program or policy   evaluation.
Explanation of specific information on outcomes and unintended consequences   identified through the program or policy evaluation is vague or incomplete.
Explanation of the stakeholders involved in the program or policy evaluation   is vague or inaccurate.
Explanation of who would benefit most from the results and reporting of the   program or policy evaluation is vague or inaccurate.
Explanation of whether the program/policy met the original intent and   outcomes and the reasons why or why not is incomplete or inaccurate.
Explanation of whether the program or policy should be implemented, and the   reasons why or why not, is incomplete or inaccurate.

0 (0%) – 34 (34%)

Identification of   the data used to conduct the program or policy evaluation is vague and   inaccurate, or is missing.
Explanation of specific information on outcomes and unitended consequences   identified through the program or policy evaluation is vague and incomplete,   or is missing.
Explanation of the stakeholders involved in the program or policy evaluation   is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.
Explanation of who would benefit most from the results and reporting of the   program or policy evaluation is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.
Explanation of whether the program or policy met the original intent and   outcomes and the reasons why or why not is incomplete and inaccurate, or is   missing.
Explanation of whether the program or policy should be implemented, and the   reasons why or why not, is incomplete and inaccurate, or is missing.

 

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and   Organization:
Paragraphs make clear points that support well developed   ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are   carefully focused–neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance.   A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction is provided   which delineates all required criteria.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Paragraphs and   sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.
A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion is   provided which delineates all required criteria.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Paragraphs and   sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of   the time.
Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is stated, yet is   brief and not descriptive.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Paragraphs and   sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%- 79%   of the time.
Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off   topic.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Paragraphs and   sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60%   of the time.
No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion was provided.

 

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:
Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Uses correct   grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Contains a few (1-2)   grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Contains several   (3-4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Contains many (≥ 5)   grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s   understanding.

 

Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct   APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins,   indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference   list.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Uses correct APA   format with no errors.

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