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Scenario-based Program Review Study

I am working on a project on the subject of curtailing child maltreatment and prevention programs and services for abused and neglected children. Agencies that provide services to abusive and neglectful families have the ethical obligation to ensure that their services are effective. Following the scenario below how would you change the entire program.
Identify the type of intervention you would explore and what would identify as the research question to determine the efficacy of this type of intervention model for the program. Would you make this a qualitative or quantitative study and how would you recommend that this data is collected. Identify how the study will impact Child Protection Services (CPS) and human services practitioners.

â?¢ Problem formulation.
â?¢ Design of the study (qualitative or quantitative).
â?¢ Collecting and processing data.
â?¢ Data analysis.
â?¢ Interpreting the findings.
â?¢ Identify limitations.
â?¢ Identify the wider impact on CPS and human services practitioners.

SCENARIO : Suppose, for example, you are the executive director of a child welfare agency that provides family preservation services. The agency's primary goal is to keep families together by providing support services to families at risk of having their children removed from the home as the result of child maltreatment. To receive funding, 90% of the families served must remain intact. During an agency audit last month, it was discovered that 20% of the children served last year were removed from the home. This figure is 10% higher than the required goal. As a result, the agency was placed on suspension: The agency will receive funding for one more year, and if the percentage of intact families does not increase to meet the required goal, funding will be terminated. As the executive director, you must act immediately, but you are uncertain what to do. Several in-service training programs have been developed already. You consider implementing one of them, but you are not sure what the purpose of the training would be. You could do the following:

â?¢ Simply pick a program.
â?¢ Talk to other executive directors to see what they chose to do and how they felt about it.
â?¢ Read journals to see if any of the programs have had their results evaluated.

How would you change the program entirely and determine what type of intervention you would recommend?

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Hello Student,
Thank you for using Brainmass. This solution has been written to provide information, assistance and advise to students for the purpose of tackling the problem (see original problem-question set in the description section) to help in putting together a paper/research/review on the subject of discussion. I hope that this solution will provide you the help you are searching for. Comments are greatly appreciated so that the solution can be continually updated to make it as relevant and useful as possible. Best of luck with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones
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Hello there,

It appears that it is a matter of following a particular set of rules. As long as you fill in the necessary information for all the sections required, then you should be good. I recall doing the same once in an applied psychology class and I have forgotten to include 'limitations' - hence, my professor was very unhappy. While I did very well discourse-wise, the lacking section deducted a sizable chunk from my grade. My other classmates who had less text than I offered did better than me as all the sections were complete. So the lesson is to make the solution as well rounded as possible - fill in the right information and include all the required sections. As such, this is going to the outline:

1. Scenario - here you must write it from a first person perspective.
2. Problem formulation. 150 words
3. Design of the study (qualitative or quantitative). 150 words
4. Collecting and processing data. 150 words
5. Data analysis. 200-300 words
6. Interpreting the findings. 200 words
7. Identify limitations. 200 words
8. Identify the wider impact on CPS and human services practitioners. 200 words

I hope this solution will be all that you need to get started. Good luck.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones
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Program Review: Child Abuse Prevention

Scenario

I am concurrently reviewing an extremely relevant child abuse and maltreatment prevention program of put together by my own welfare agency which is providing family preservation services. The agency's primary goal is to keep families together by providing support services to families at risk of having their children removed from the home as the result of child maltreatment. To receive funding, 90% of the families served must remain intact. During an agency audit last month, it was discovered that 20% of the children served last year were removed from the home. This figure is 10% higher than the required goal. As a result, the agency was placed on suspension: The agency will receive funding for one more year, and if the percentage of intact families does not increase to meet the ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a comprehensive set of information that guides the student in tackling the task of reviewing a program geared towards curtailing child maltreatment for the purpose of improving the efficacy of the program by casting a critical eye and in so doing putting forward an intervention model apt for the aims of the program. The solution essentially presents a guide in creating a research/study based on the scenario, providing suggestion on problem formulation, study design, data collection analysis, data analysis as well as study limitations. An outline for such a paper is also suggested. All the necessary information in putting together such a paper is included. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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