Problem-Based Learning/Research – Program Evaluation Proposal Requirements
Students will select a public policy or program, then describe how they would propose to evaluate the policy or program by employing the methods, techniques, etc., which are covered in the course.
Paper Proposal, Thesis Exercise and Research Questions:
Prior to writing your evaluation proposal. You must submit a 1- page paper proposal (double spaced) describing your project. You will also be required to complete a thesis exercise that will help to build a proper thesis and develop the research questions (form embedded in this syllabus). While these are ungraded activities they allow for useful feedback from your instructor. Your paper proposal and thesis exercise are due by 11:55 pm on March 22, 2020.
Policy or Program Evaluation Proposal (20% of course grade):
Students will select a policy or program to be evaluated, either from the list which follows or one of their own choosing. You may consider a topic that is applicable to your capstone project. All policy/program topics must be approved by the instructor. Then, students will describe how they would plan/propose to evaluate the policy or program by employing the methods, techniques, etc., which are covered in the course. Do not evaluatethe policy or program, you are only expected to describe how you would go about evaluating the policy or program. The proposal must be 8-10 typed, double-spaced pages in length with standard one-inch margins all around and 12point font. Otherwise, general formatting should follow APA style. Cover page and reference pages do not count towards the 8-10-page requirement. The instructor’s evaluation of each proposal will be based on the elements of the preparation guidelines included in this syllabus. Also, you are encouraged to read the evaluation of Curious George article at:https://www-tc.pbs.org/parents/curiousgeorge/program/pdf/Curious_George_Evaluation.pdf
before writing your own evaluation proposal.
Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to:
The property tax to fund government services in Florida
Property/windstorm insurance reform in Florida
The Florida state lottery
The privatization of Florida’s toll roads
Health care and insurance
The federal No child Left Behind Act
Privatization of public services (pick one privatized service)
Enforcement of traffic laws and accidents
Water usage and restrictions
Water quality regulation
Hazardous waste disposal
Programs designed to reduce recidivism
Neighborhood watch programs
Immigration reform or…. You are encouraged to select a topic that is applicable to your capstone
Your proposal should address the following questions or issues. In all cases, defend or justify your answers or procedures, especially with specific references to relevant concepts, ideas, or passages in the assigned readings for the course, as well as to the references which you may have found in your library search. This assignment is not based on opinions, therefore academic sources must be utilized, and it ought to be written in the third person.
Preparation Guidelines for the Policy/Program Evaluation Proposal
Each of the items in BOLD must be listed as a heading or a sub-heading in your evaluation proposal. If a question/issue does not apply, please explain why. The final product must include the following:
Sampling and Survey Instruments
Conclusion (2-3 pages in length)