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APA format and NO Plagiarism4- to 5-page paper that outlines a plan for a program evaluation focused on outcomes. Be specific and elaborate. Include the following information:The purpose of the evaluation, including specific questions to be answeredThe outcomes to be evaluatedThe indicators or instruments to be used to measure those outcomes, including the strengths and limitations of those measures to be used to evaluate the outcomesA rationale for selecting among the six group research designsThe methods for collecting, organizing and analyzing dataNOTE: Please use attached file with APA format and No Plagiarism
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Designing a Plan for Outcome Evaluation
An eight week program was developed to offer services to caregivers who provide care to
elderly or aging family members. The program was purposed to provide services for the
caregivers that would involve personalized therapy, and community agencies’ involvement. The
program is considered a need because caregivers are overwhelmed, depressed and overworked.
They also lack the appropriate skills and knowledge of available resources to assist them with
their care. It is expected that the program will provide access to community agencies and
increase the caregivers’ overall health and wellness. This eight week program will ultimately
make life better for the caregiver and their families.
Program evaluations will assess the program and its components’ effectiveness to make
informed decisions about the program’s development. Evaluation findings will focus on the
program’s implementation and effectiveness. The program evaluation will be centered on the
caregiver and providing support that is needed to make them healthier mentally and physically.
Most program evaluations use information obtained to improve the program’s implementation,
effectiveness, and cost. Data gathered from the evaluation should show that at least 80 percent of
the caregivers’ benefits from program components. Outcomes will impact the program and/or its
funding. Evaluation questions that arise will determine if the program processes were
implemented as originally intended. Data gathered will also determine if the program achieved
its goals and objectives.
The caregiver support program will address a few general questions. These questions
deal with implementation, effectiveness, efficiency, and cost: 1) How many caregivers are being
targeted? 2) Did the caregivers benefit from the program’s implementation? 3) By the conclusion
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of the program, is there significant evidence to support if the program improved the caregivers’
quality of life? 4) What percentage of the individuals targeted met the program’s goals? The
above-mentioned questions will address if the caregivers had improved signs and symptoms of
being overwhelmed, depressed, and/or anxiety filled. A goal of the program was to provide
caregivers with community agency and familial support. As a result, questions will address if
caregivers have improved knowledge and use of resources available to assist them in caring for
family members. All in all, the program’s evaluation evidence will show if the caregivers’ had
improved outcomes. Those outcomes included attitude, wellness, knowledge, and use of
garnered community and familial support.
The outcome measures will be used to assess the quality between the beginning and end
of the program. Program outcome measures will include measures of validity, feasibility, and
reliability. Evidence will show the significance of the program and/or how the program’s
components can be improved upon. Measures will offer stakeholders useful information about
the purpose of the program. This will be a standard outcome evaluation that will measure the
caregivers’ level of function. It will observe the attitudes and feelings associated with
depression, self-awareness, level of anxiety, and contentment. The evaluation will be done using
a posttest only design method; because there is one group of participants receiving the treatment.
The one group posttest design is fairly straightforward and data will be collected at the
conclusion of the program. Determining if the intervention is successful will be a simple process
because it is based on the clients’ outcome measurements. Clients will be introduced to a Target
Problem Scale (TPS). A TPS will be personalized to fit each clients’ problem(s) and help each
caregiver to deal with it accordingly. TPS gives limited information based on the clients’
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response. TPS calculates improvement ratings by implementing a formula by dividing the degree
of change and the number of targeted problems at the end of the program.
Documentation will be collected to measure caregivers’ outcomes utilizing surveys and
support groups. Surveys are anonymous and useful in a sense that clients can respond without
judgement. However, some surveys may not have the appropriate wordings and may be
misinterpreted. Each data point will provide insight into the experience of the participants. This
data collection method can be challenging because of the availability of the caregivers. Reviews
of documentation will alleviate biases. Social workers are charged with keeping proper
documentation on intervention implementation including anecdotal notes for problem areas. As
a result, it is necessary to review documentation to make sure information is aligned with their
individual goals.
Limitations include the lack of a control group. This is a single subject evaluation,
should a control group’s data be compared to the treatment group data; it would possibly show
improvement in outcomes. If there is not improvement in the treatment group there will be
significant issues, and stakeholders will seek viable programs to help provide verifiable support
for caregivers.
Finally, methods of evaluation will be based on interviews, focus groups, and survey
questions. Data collected would provide the input of the participant. Knowledge and
perceptions of the program will be provided by the participants. Additionally, participants will
share their insight into how they can make improvements in their behaviors and apply the
techniques they learned from the intervention.
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References
Dudley, J. R. (2014). Social work evaluation: Enhancing what we do. (2nd ed.) Chicago, IL:
Lyceum Books.
McNamara, C. (2006a). Contents of an evaluation plan. In Basic guide to program evaluation
(including outcomes evaluation). Retrieved from
http://managementhelp.org/evaluation/program-evaluation-guide.htm#anchor1586742
Patton, M. (2007). Utilization-focused evaluation. Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks, CA.

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