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Sections of Assignment
LITERATURE REVIEW: Approximately 4-7 pages
What in the purpose of your evaluation?
What are the evaluation research questions guiding your project?
What type of evaluation are you proposing (formative, process, outcome, etc.)?
Provide a thorough discussions of peer-reviewed literature relevant to the proposed evaluation. Include all sections below.
a. Problem theory: What is known about the nature of the problem the program is trying to solve? What are the underlying causes of the problem? Focus on those addressed by the program being evaluated.
b. Change theory: What is known about how the problem can be ameliorated or assets developed? How do changes occur to produce the desired outcome? Focus specifically on change theory(ies) addressed by the program.
c. Other evaluations. What other evaluations, if any, have been done on the program/ practice?
d. Evidence quality. Assess the methodological quality of the evidence. Discuss the breadth of studies and their methodological rigor. How strong is the evidence supporting your intervention? What populations have been included in the research?
Note: This section is primary in demonstrating your ability to contextualize the evidence-based practices available in your area, identifying both the strengths and limitations of this evidence on effective or promising practices as well as appraising the extent of evidence supporting the practices at your agency (practice behavior: 6a).
e. Social justice perspective on the evidence. Consider the evidence related to your program from a social justice lens. Take into consideration issues of power, privilege, and oppression when analyzing the literature.
INTEGRATION OF THE EVIDENCE WITH PROGRAM AND CLIENT CHARACTERISTICS AND NEEDS: Approximately 3-4 paragraphs.
Discuss: How is the information identified in the literature linked to the program/ practice you are evaluating? How does the evidence found relate to the services provided to your clients? How does evidence in the literature fit with program resources, goals, and theoretical orientation of the agency and/ or other contexts? Describe how clients’ values and preferences may fit or contrast with the evidence in the literature. To what extent does the program use approaches supported by the literature?
Consider issues of power, privilege, and oppression with regard to program implementation and/or evaluation at your agency.
Note: this section is primary in demonstrating your understanding how this evidence fits (or does not fit) the diverse clientele served at your agency and will help you assess how responsive the evidence is to serving your client group