Who are the critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of this program?

The assignment for this week has two parts. Note that each part requires you to interview a contact person at your chosen agency. Be sure to acquaint yourself with both parts of this assignment so you can adequately prepare for the interview such that both parts of the assignment can be completed.
Part 1 – Program Description and Planning Model
By now you should have identified a health promotion program that you will investigate during this course and at least one public health professional involved in this program whom you can interview about it. Refer to the Week 1 Application area for guidelines on selecting this program and the interviewee(s).
For this week’s Application Assignment, you will need to find out enough information about the program, through a combination of independent research and interviewing, to describe the program’s purpose, stakeholders, expected outcomes, and any planning models that were used and/or might well have been used. In acquiring this information, you will be taking the kinds of steps that any evaluator would take to learn about a program. (See “Preparing for Your Interview” below.)
This part of the assignment should be 2- to 3-pages. Provide the following information about your selected health promotion program.

  1. Describe your selected program and identify its purpose.
  2. Who are the critical stakeholders for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of this program?
  3. List important input and throughput elements for the program. (Program input elements are resources and raw materials. They include clients or beneficiaries of services provided, staff, material resources, facilities, and equipment. Throughput elements are the activities implemented by the program to promote health or prevent disease, injury, disability, or death in the target population.)
  4. Describe the outcomes the program is intended to produce. Outcomes may concern these and other types of variables relevant to health promotion: cognitive, skill, psychosocial, behavioral, environmental, or health.
  5. Critically appraise the use of a planning model for this program by addressing the following:

o Was a planning model used by the program planners? If so, which one? Based on the principles of planning and your knowledge of this model, discuss how well you think it was applied and explain your reasons for this assessment.

o If no planning model was used, explain why not. Then, based on the principles of planning and your knowledge of planning models, identify a planning model that you think would have been appropriate for this program, provide a rationale for your choice, and describe any challenges you might anticipate in applying it in this instance.

Whether or not the program made use of a planning model, make sure to demonstrate in this section your specific knowledge of at least one planning model—the one that was used by the program or one that you would recommend in this instance.
Preparing for Your Interview
In order to gather information to complete this Application Assignment, learn as much about this program as you can on your own through Web searches and other available means. Then create a list of interview questions to pose to your interviewee to fill in any gaps in your knowledge. The focus of this interview should be on ascertaining the program’s purpose, critical stakeholders, various inputs and throughputs, and the approach that was taken to plan the program. Make sure you find out about how any planning model was applied.