Final Project: Community Intervention Program Proposal
The final project involves designing a new community intervention program appropriate for implementation within an organizational (e.g., school, clinic, NGO), system (e.g., school district, statewide community mental health) or community setting, for the purpose of addressing a key social issue of interest to you. Potential issues include but are not restricted to marginalization, oppression, discrimination, immigration, power, diversity, adaptation, or recovery. Proposed programs can be situated within domestic or global contexts. This is a program proposal for classwork only and you will not be directly contacting people who work in your community.
In developing your program, be sure to attend to the key components outlined and discussed by Nelson and Prilleltensky (2010):
- The issues or problems addressed
- The values reflected in the program approach and methods
- The conceptual foundation of the program
- The action and research tools (i.e., the “science of CP”)
Your program will reflect:
· values and principles that are consistent with the transformative goals of community psychology (i.e., address liberation and well-being);
· reflect a holistic model (i.e., reflect the synergistic person-ecology relationship and address personal, relational, and collective well-being);
· involves stakeholders in a participatory process;
· has a clear conceptual (theory/paradigm) foundation;
· and makes use of research and action/intervention tools relevant to the project purpose and consistent with the conceptual foundation.
You may find it helpful to review the guidelines for program analysis in Program Critique document, to make sure that you have adequately addressed the key components.
The final project consists of two parts: The Program Proposal and the IRB Proposal
Part I. Program proposal The Program Proposal should be double spaced, have a cover page, be in APA format, and include current sources. Always find a way to weave in current peer reviewed journals into your work. Other sources which talk about the need for the program might be from the CDC, the WHO, the NIH, or other reliable sources of data and trends.
The Program Proposal should include the following sections:
- Rationale and significance, which should address the following:
- Theoretical (conceptual/paradigmatic) and empirical (research) foundations
- Importance of the topic (e.g., based on needs relevant to general population or specific context)
- Potential significance of the project with regard to promoting personal, relational, and collective well-being
- Current data supporting the need for this program
- Review of relevant literature
- Purpose of the program
- Proposed context, environment, and setting for the program
- Proposed participants/population in the program, including relevant stakeholder groups involved in developing, implementing, evaluating, sustaining, and/or institutionalizing the program efforts
- Proposed action and research methodology for design, implementation, and evaluation
- Legal, ethical, sociopolitical, and economic considerations (and plan for addressing potential challenges with regard to these issues)
Part II. Program Proposal
The IRB Proposal involves the considerations for protection of human subjects and applies to the formative and evaluative research components of the proposed project. If you want to get program funding each year you will have to submit collected data to show the difference the program has made. What data would you need to collect to see if the program was effective? This would be the research questions under section #11. Use the Walden IRB form (In the Course Info) for developing your IRB proposal (read sections related to human subjects’ research). The IRB Proposal is submitted to the course instructor, not to the university IRB. Complete and submit only the “IRB application” form to the drop box. Complete and submit the form for this assignment.