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Measuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes

Chapter 7: Measuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes

Assignment Instructions

Complete a short essay 700-1000 words of the key points to chapter 7 in the textbook, and some application of the week’s material. This should allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the material. DO NOT use the summary points at the end of the chapter, instead focus on applying your knowledge. The summary points may guide you in figuring out what is important but, maybe something else caught your attention that you would like to talk about instead. Remember to use APA format.

You can:

  • find a policy and apply key concepts
  • apply your knowledge of the materials in other ways.

NOTE: Some of the information (i.e., key concepts) is necessary to define to demonstrate your understanding of the module material.

Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Freeman, H. E. (2014). Evaluation: A systematic approach. 7th edition. Sage publications.

Chapter 7:Measuring and Monitoring Program OutcomesMeasuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes

Regardless of a project’s excellent performance in addressing the targeted needs, and reaching its intended population, it cannot be held as successful until it brings some positive change in its social arena. Program evaluation, therefore, is a fundamental management function that must be tackled with great care to ensure the results are valid and interpreted correctly (Rossi, Lipsey & Freeman, 2014). The present assignment will discuss the concepts in Chapter Seven of the course book: Measuring and Monitoring Program Outcomes. Specifically, I will use the Arizona Cash Assistance Program as an example to evaluate the application of the concepts.

A program can only be viable if it attains positive outcomes. Ideally, an outcome is the condition of the specific group a program targets (Rossi, Lipsey & Freeman, 2014). For instance, the Arizona Cash Assistance Program aims to attain four outcomes. First, to assist low-income families in taking care of their children. Second, to reduce the dependency of needy families by promoting job preparation, employment, and marriage. Additionally, to reduce and prevent the cases of out-of-wedlock pregnancies. Finally, to encourage the establishment and maintenance of families with two parents. Outcomes are usually measured in terms of the characteristics and social condition of the target population and not of the project. Because the project targets low-income families, its outcomes can only be measured based on its ability to improve the lives of people from low-income families.

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