Defining Your Project Program
For the TANF social program, the operational definitions of “success” would be meeting the set goals in a relevant, effective, efficient, and sustainable manner. This means that the program would reduce poverty among needy families. Children from needy families would all be taken care of in homes of their families or relatives. All needy parents would secure working opportunities. Out-of-wedlock pregnancies would significantly reduce. Also, families made of two parents would increase. These outcomes can be measured by determining if the project met the needs of the needy families, evaluating client satisfaction, and determining if the program meets its goals under the provided budget.
But, to evaluate how well TANF meets its goals, evaluative research is needed in five areas. First, research is needed to determine the relevance of the program as an intervention for reducing poverty among needy families (Royse et al., 2016). The objectives of the program should be consistent with the requirements of the needy families. Second, research is needed to determine the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved. Third, the cost-effectiveness of the program should be evaluated. Fourth the impact of the program, both direct and indirect impacts on the beneficiaries, should be evaluated. Lastly, information is needed on the sustainability of the program. In a successful program, the positive effects should be sustainable.
Also, to determine the success of the program, the following areas should be addressed. First, information is needed on the coverage of the program (Royse et al., 2016). Second, information on any form of coordination in the humanitarian action and its effect on the program would be significant in evaluating program success. It is also important to know how coherence is achieved or not achieved during program execution.
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