Developing a Program Evaluation
Master of Social Work, Walden University
SOCW 6311: Social Work Research in Practice II
Dr. Linda Hadeed
January 9, 2022
Developing a Program Evaluation
Stakeholder Analysis of Federal Housing Programs
Stakeholder analysis is a technique for identifying project stakeholders and defining their contribution, interest, and inspiration. A social worker must develop a detailed plan to determine the effectiveness of a program evaluation. The aim of evaluation and data collection should be specified in the project as well as the procedures and analyses that will be employed. Communication with each stakeholder plays a critical part in the analysis. The most significant aspect of stakeholder analysis is identifying and assessing the demands of the stakeholders (Chipulu et al., 2019). The stakeholders include the department of housing, private sector businesses, such as property developers, mortgage lenders, construction companies, and private landlords; community-based organizations, such as charitable organizations, churches, and interest groups; housing providers, such as non-profit organizations and local housing authorities, and users and the general public, including tenants, and applicants of housing assistance.
The evaluation profession is multifaceted, comprising theoretical discussions, ethical quandaries, and personal interests. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides homeless assistance payments to local governments that supervise housing services every year. The department focuses on street involvement, homeless prevention and diversion, emergency housing, and rapid re-housing. The rental assistance also involves giving vouchers, or government housing to many homeless persons. Aside from those popular initiatives, several federal housing programs strive to accommodate them. Many of these programs are administered by the HUD. The purpose of the federal housing programs is to encourage the creation and provision of supportive homes and services for the homeless (Chipulu et al., 2019). Grantees are required to deliver various services to promote housing stability, including outreach, case management, connection to benefits, public benefits, and temporary financial support are among the services provided. Stakeholder concerns identified include the provision of better housing to homeless citizens with affordable payment and construction costs, timely information on finances, and the benefit to the community, regarding mortgage interests.
Program Evaluation Plan
Purpose of the Evaluation of Federal Housing Programs
Program valuation is the process of analyzing a project to see how well it accomplishes its goals. A written evaluation strategy defines how one wants to monitor and assess the program and how the evaluation data will be used to make decisions to enhance the program. The evaluation plan specifies how you will explain the program’s “what,” “how,” and “why it matters.” Project evaluation is crucial in increasing value generation in social housing. However, due to the variety and dynamics of housing programs and a lack of clarity in project objectives, these types of programs may be challenging to evaluate. The evaluation of social housing projects is usually centered on product attributes, with no apparent link to the desired goals. This plan presents a system for evaluating social housing projects based on a hierarchical value generation model that links product features to usage implications and desired goals.
Program evaluation facilitates the capacity to monitor and quantify the quality, pace, and direction of change undertaken by individuals, communities, and organizations as stakeholders. It does this via methodically producing knowledge that may be used to assist learning, quality improvement, and sound decision-making. Evaluation can also help link the purpose of the housing program to its effect to ensure that long-term social change occurs gradually. Furthermore, the plan should identify and address the issues of concern to stakeholders. Evaluations in a project plan can assist in determining what works effectively and what needs to be improved. Program evaluations could be used to show donors how beneficial a program is.
The goal of housing program evaluations is to identify whether government housing schemes are compatible with their original purpose, precisely control flow, later implementation, repercussions, and cost efficiency (Oudshoorn et al., 2018). The federal government works as a financier, providing financial means through national taxation policy such as the mortgage loan credit, government payments such as housing assistance, and indirect subsidies such as tax breaks to low-cost construction companies. Evaluations will be more practical and valuable for new initiatives and demonstrations if planned, in conjunction with creating the industry or demonstration, rather than as an afterthought. This plan evaluates the mortgage interest subsidies and the housing grants by the US government to homeless citizens.
Questions Addressed in the Evaluation
Regarding evaluation, stakeholders are primarily concerned with accurately presenting financial targets, the effects of senior leadership retirement plans, and moral behavior in housing programs. When examining stakeholder goals in federal housing programs, it is essential to know and comprehend things like: What are the target population’s characteristics? What are their specifications? What are the specific services required for better housing? What methods could be used to make those services available? What are the systems and structures in place? Addressing these issues allows one to pinpoint specific requirements for addressing stakeholder concerns. An evaluation should present the information regarding any housing mortgage concerns. Explaining the plan to all stakeholders in a way that they can understand is important. Post-occupancy evaluation (POE) is a well-known and approved process for enhancing and explaining the efficacy of architectural design. According to the definition, the examination of the effectiveness of built environments for Occupancy Assessment as a Strategy for Inclusion Moderate Housing budget. It’s similar to a report card that evaluates a structure’s bad and good. The findings of an evaluation are both replicable and beneficial because the results produced through a rigorous approach and research process can be repeatable.
The three fundamental evaluation procedures are goal-based, process-based, and outcomes-based. Evaluations based on goals assess whether or not objectives have been met. Methods of evaluation provide a tool for the donor to determine whether or not you have attained your goals and objectives for the housing purpose. The project manager, project sponsor, upper management, and team members community are all stakeholders and their concerns which include the provision of better housing to homeless citizens with affordable payment and construction costs, timely information on finances, and the benefit to the community regarding mortgage interests.
To address these concerns, questionnaires can be sent to persons who have benefited from federal housing programs. Based on the experience of the beneficiaries with the physical aspects of the building and environment, housing evaluation has some subjectivity because it is impacted by the respondents’ gender, race, and social role. The approach of inquiry in public housing performance evaluation follows the sequence of ‘what,’ ‘how,’ and ‘why’ to analyze the efficacy of general residential development from occupation experience. As a result, both quantitative and qualitative data are relevant. The mixture of ‘how’ and ‘why’ research questions in this type of study necessitates a mixed technique. These inquiries demand an explanatory explanation and the gathering of relevant occupant experience from observation and interview data.
Chipulu, M., Ojiako, U., Marshall, A., Williams, T., Bititci, U., & Mota, C. et al. (2019). A dimensional analysis of stakeholder assessment of project outcomes. Production Planning & Control, 30(13), 1072-1090. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2019.1567859
Oudshoorn, A., Forchuk, C., Hall, J., Smith-Carrier, T., & Van Berkum, A. (2018). An evaluation of a Housing First program for chronically homeless women. Journal of Social Inclusion, 9(2), 34.