Expressing and Assessing Program Theory

INSTRUCTIONS: READ Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (2004). “Project HOPE Helped Break the Cycle of Prostitution and Solicitation, But Had Implementation Problems”. Report No. 04-50: Office of the Florida Legislature

Respond to each of the following questions after reading the Project Hope article above.

  • What is Project HOPE and what are the goals of the program?
  • Who are the target recipients of the program and are there any unintended benefits?
  • How was the program supposed to help Johns?  Was it successful at each site?
  • How was the program supposed to help Prostitutes?
  • What recommendations were made should the program be resumed?

Note. Excerpts from the article may be used to support each answer. Please type out each question and provide your answer beneath the question.  Answers should be comprehensive and thoroughly cover the questions. Answers should be comprehensive and thoroughly cover the questions.  The total page count for this is 4-5 pages. Please use APA format. What is Project HOPE, and What are the Goals of the Program?

The Healthy Options Promoting Esteem Project (Project Hope) was a community-based initiative developed to curb prostitution and solicitation. According to Rossi, Lipsey, and Freeman (2014), a program should be based on critical expectations and assumptions about how it would improve the social conditions of a particular group. Project HOPE had two basic components: it focused on serving prostitutes and people who were involved in soliciting prostitution known as “Johns.” The program’s participants were referred by jail staff, probation officers, public defenders, attorneys, and judges (Oppaga, 2004). The program was created by Chapter 2002-297 of the Florida State Laws as a pilot project to break the cycle of solicitation and prostitution in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.  Therefore, the projects primary goal was to control prostitution. The law also directed the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to monitor and evaluate the program. According to the law, any individual declared guilty of prostitution is entitled to be involved in the project.

Who are the Target Recipients of the Program, and are there any Unintended Benefits?

The project targets two primary recipients: prostitutes and solicitors of prostitution.