Grand Canyon University: HCA-699
Adult Living Industry: Evaluation
During project planning, the process of evaluation is used to analyze the project and determine whether the set objectives for the project during the initialization stage have been met. The project evaluation steps are therefore undertaken systematically to ensure that the outcome and the changes that a project was supposed to effect took place effectively. This paper is meant to discuss the methods that were used to collect the outcome data, the ways of measuring the outcome of the project, the reliability and validity of the evidence based methodology/framework the strategies and the implications regarding further research.
Each evaluation processes requires an effective data collection method. The procedure for choosing such data methods depends greatly on what the researcher wants to achieve. The method of data collection can also depend on the method of data collection that the user wants to utilize for instance if they are primary or secondary data. Other options include mixing both methods of data collection to overcome the weaknesses associated with using each of the methods independently. The rationale that affects the method picked include;
The stage in which the evaluation is taking place and if the data sources are independent or dependent on each other. Additionally, if the data is qualitative or quantitative and weather, the evaluation design is single level or multi-level.
Project outcomes are results of a project that can be measured and analyzed after the completion of a project. However, the objectives of a project can be tested if they have met a objective by use of impacts. These include the long-term effects of the completion of a project. These include;
Availability of new skills and experiences that are gained by the Adult living facilities i.e. nursing homes and hospitals. The project can be stated to be successful when it has achieved the desired goal, i.e. the adult living project was meant to ensure adult living. New skills and competencies obtained by personnel better investment decisions. Other outcome measures that can be used to evaluate the extend which the objectives have been met include; improved knowledge and empowerment to the staff and members of the community regarding the issues raised, increased understanding of the operations of the adult living community and increased participation, will and desire to make the community a better place (Peersman,2014).
The outcomes of a project can be measured and evaluated based on the evidence of the activities that are achieved at the end of the project. The indicators of change can be viewed evidently upon the completion of the project. The outcomes can be evaluated based on the validity reliability and the applicability by basis of the outcomes, which are the auditable changes that take place in a project. Some examples of the evidence based outcomes include; the improved quality of services at the adult living community, few incidences about the misuse of funds and increased productivity of the hospitals and the nursing homes personnel (Peersman,2014).
Sometimes the objectives and the goals of a project may not be achieved. Therefore, strategies may be developed to ensure the project outcomes are achieved. These include the adoption of other change models, reshuffling of staff in the adult living facilities, performing audits to know where the root cause is situated and changing of issues.
Evaluating a project is meant to asses if the project met its outcomes, objectives and the desired results. The results of an evaluation can be seen from the assessment of outcomes and the impacts. The results of an evaluation can indicate that a method was successful or not. Therefore, the evaluation determines ways in which a practice will continue operating and the research gaps that can be included in future research (Peersman,2014).
Peersman, G. (2014). Overview: Data Collection and Analysis Methods in Impact Evaluation. UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti.