Applied Program Design
The final Program Design is due by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1th (100 points)
The Program Design Proposal is due by 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15nd (230 points)
Now that you have researched your paper topic and determined the negative outcomes associated with it as well as identified the risk and protective factors that increase or decrease the odds of the topic occurring (or the odds of negative outcomes occurring), it is time to apply that knowledge. Thus, for this assignment, you will create an evidence-based prevention or intervention program to address the topic you focused on in your research paper.
Intervention/Prevention Program ~ Guidelines
- You will be developing EITHER a prevention or an intervention program (choose one, you do not need to create both) that addresses your research paper topic.
(1) If you choose the prevention option, your program goal will be to prevent the topic from occurring at all.
(2) If you choose the intervention option (best when a topic is exceptionally difficult to prevent such as poverty, domestic violence, or autism), your program goals will be to mitigate or prevent the negative outcomes associated with experiencing the topic.
- Your program should be grounded in a developmental theory or conceptual frameworks (e.g., transactional, ecological, cognitive, etc.) and supported with scholarly citations.
- Your program should be evidence-based; thus, you will draw on the research you reviewed in the paper to identify the risk and protective factors that will help you achieve your program goals identified in (A).
- Your program should have a demographically detailed description of the people your program targets (e.g., male 3- to 5-year-old male children who show signs of early bullying).
- Your program should review, adapt, and incorporate elements of already existing programs. You will need to discuss at least two existing programs designed to address your topic that have been empirically evaluated and shown to be effective. PLEASE NOTE – you are creating an original program that makes use of already existing program elements, but combines and adds to them in ways that are culturally competent, theory based, and driven by the research on the risk and protective factors associated with the topic.
- Your program should be comprehensive and detailed. Your write-up of your program should include the following:
- An introduction that contains a brief description of the problem, including citing and discussing some key empirical results and statistics from your paper; hence showing the need for the program. The intro should conclude with a clear statement of the program goal(s).
- A description of the theoretical or conceptual framework that guides and supports your program; it should be clearly linked to your program and should be supported by a scholarly citation.
- A one to two paragraph description of the existing programs addressing your issue that have been empirically evaluated. The description should include: (a) what the program is/does, how it operates to address the topic; (b) the results showing what was effective (be specific, focus on program elements you can adapt for your program; and (c) the strengths and weaknesses of the program (not the research that evaluated the program).
- A description of the specific risk and protective factors from your research paper that your program is designed to reduce and/or enhance. This description should include the research results and citations from your paper that provide the rationale for choosing these risk and protective factors.
- A detailed description of the processes and mechanisms that are designed to help the program achieve its goals:
- Describe the mechanisms and processes you will use to reduce or mitigate risk factors– this description should be clearly based on your adaptation of the program elements described in (3) but can also include additional processes and mechanisms as long as they are logical and relevant to the risk factors you have identified.
- Describe the mechanisms and processes you will use promote or provide protective factors – this description should be clearly based on your adaptation of the program elements described in (3) but can also include additional processes and mechanisms as long as they are logical and relevant to the protective factors you have identified.
- Describe the specific population the program is designed to help – this should be a demographic description (age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc.). This description should be supported by citing/discussing the background statistics and research studies from your paper.
- Provide a list of references for all the resources discussed in your write-up of the program you designed.