Introduction/Goals and Objectives Section
This week you will be writing the first portion of the program evaluation report, the introduction. It will be helpful to skip ahead to chapter 9 in the textbook, starting with page 220.
Begin with a brief introduction to the agency. Include the name, location, types of services provided (mentioning mental health and substance abuse treatment is sufficient), and age range of the clients served.
Then, for each of the two programs you selected, include the following sections. It will be helpful to use headings in your report. Include the names of the programs in headings and in the text.
Section 1 (The Problem) Using peer-reviewed sources, explain the severity of the mental health and/or substance abuse disorders treated. Often providing statistical evidence regarding the number of individuals affected or examples of the cost to society (for example, homelessness, joblessness, educational impact) can be a very effective supplement to the information reported in peer-reviewed sources. It is acceptable to use reputable survey result sources, such as government reports, for some of the statistical evidence.
Section 2 (The Program) Using peer-reviewed sources, provide evidence of the effectiveness of the treatments used in your program.
Section 3 (The Evaluation) In this section, incorporate the goals and objectives that you discussed in the discussion this week.
Because you are writing a report rather than a manuscript, your formatting will not follow the same sections or use the same headings as an APA-style manuscript. However, all citations and references for all sources should be in APA format.