Procedures and Evaluations Plan

Describe how you plan to use your time over the next month (Weeks 3-6 of this course) to investigate and gather information related to your project.  This could involve interviews, observations, surveys, phone calls, review of critical documents, etc.  Explain what you will do to learn more about the problem you are trying to solve and how you plan on becoming an expert on both this topic and the setting in which the problem you want to solve exists.  This usually involves learning everything you can about the people, culture, policies, procedures, demographics, programs, strengths and weaknesses of the context.

 

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Your plan should be 1000 words in length, with title page and reference page not counting towards the minimum word amount.  You may include tables, but your plan must follow the APA standards as shown in Chapter 5 of the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition. Clearly label the sections of your paper so that the instructor knows exactly what topics you are addressing in your discussion.

Procedures
Over the next three weeks, you will be completing the Project Investigation phase of the capstone project. Therefore, you need to describe your plan for how you will spend your time over the next month, on a daily basis in order to achieve the goals you describe in your Topic Proposal in Week 1.  Provide a step-by-step analysis of how you intend to meet your goals, including resources you will need, where you intend to find them, and an estimated timeline of how long each step will take.  This is a very important section of your proposal.  Describe in detail exactly what you will achieve and investigate in relation to your capstone topic for every day over the next four weeks.  You literally need to label the days of your plan (Day 1, Day2, Day 3… Day 28).  Outline what deliverables will be targeted each week.

A deliverable is a tangible product (e.g., locate and read the organization’s Use of Force policy, review the process for investigating officer-involved shootings, evaluate the agency’s critical incident management program, etc.).  This represents your work plan and schedule of deliverables.  By knowing which deliverables you need to collect, you will know what you need to gather and accomplish each week.  The plan should be thoughtful, laser-focused, detailed, and scaffolded so that earlier pieces and deliverables support later pieces.

Evaluations
Explain how your project is to be evaluated.  Is your organization going to evaluate it?  How?  Community evaluation?  Problem-oriented policing and the SARA model?   What specifically will make your project a success, both to you and to others?  In relation to the evaluation of your project by outsiders, describe who, what, when, where and how.

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